Surprise: United, PMA on the rarely raw exclusion

11/18/2013 12:32:00 PM
Tom Karst

Tom KarstNever been this blue, never knew the meaning of a heartache.”

Never, that is, until the Chiefs fell painfully short against the hated Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

Now back to the real, non-delusional produce world.

Specifically, let’s look at the public comments that have been received on the produce safety rule. At,  the FDA says it has received 11,978 comments so far. The produce safety rule  comment period has been extended by a week, to Nov. 22.

Oddly, though the site says it has received nearly 12,000 comments, only 300 or so have been published on the site.

Meanwhile, the preventive controls rule docket  shows that 5,400 plus comments have been received so far, but displays only about 259 comments. Like the produce safety rule, the comment period for the preventive controls rule was extended through Nov. 22.

The United Fresh FSMA page provides the United Fresh comments on the produce safety rule and the preventive controls rule for food facilities. The full United Fresh comments on the produce safety rule can be found here while the United Fresh comments on the preventive controls rule can be found here.

The Produce Marketing Association also furnished links to their comments about the food safety and preventive controls rule. The full comments from PMA on the produce safety rule can be found here, with the PMA’s comments on the preventive controls rule here.

One element of the comments from both groups that somewhat surprised me was the approach the industry associations took toward the FDA’s proposed exemption for commodities rarely consumed raw. In the proposed rule, the FDA exempted (from the produce safety rule) 37 commodities that are rarely consumed raw, including asparagus, potatoes and artichokes. That was a no go.

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