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The biggest myth in the produce business; More on coming trucking regulation

09/27/2011 08:26:00 AM
Tom Karst

The latest discussion thread in the Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group is this question:  "Finish the thought: The biggest myth in the produce  business is..."

So far just a couple of responses:

Mike: "We All grow and ship the freshest Produce, year round and " and "Can't believe the weather went around my field."

Robert:  "Low prices at retail level are unavoidable." Unfortunately Tesco in the UK has now also joined the "produce must be sold cheap" chapter.

I look forward to a lot more funny and insightful observations from our members. I have to think a little bit more about how I would finish the thought. It might have something to do with the produce industry's overwhelming desire to be regulated.

Speaking of regulation, here is the link to the FDA comments about where they are at in the process of regulating food safety practices for the transportation sector.

From the FDA:

Statement from FDA spokesperson Douglas Karas:

"When developing new regulations, any regulatory agency must be deliberate and methodical. Regulations must achieve their aim, taking into account costs and benefits, and be enforceable, and when drafting them, a regulatory body must have a  good understanding of the specific area to which those regulations will apply.

A set of rules that is not well-informed would likely cause more harm than good. Prior to the passage of the Sanitary Food Transportation Act (SFTA), the FDA did not have a significant role in regulating the transport  of food.

The SFTA gave us a mandate to be much more active in that area, and we have undertaken a multi-step approach to develop the governing rules. First, FDA needed a thorough understanding of the food transportation industry and its potential problems. FDA commissioned a study on that, and it was completed in 2009. The next step was to announce publicly that the rule-making process had started, which would allow the Agency to get input on the rules early on from the public, industry, and our regulatory partners.

This can be a crucial step in drafting comprehensive and enforceable regulations. We published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in April 2010 for this purpose and we gained many helpful comments in the process.

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