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The industry is taking a closer look at the Food and Drug Administration’s draft guidance documents for the produce safety rule and to minimize food safety hazards of fresh-cut produce.

The United Fresh Produce Association, the Produce Marketing Association and Western Growers are collaborating on two web seminars on Jan. 22 that will take a closer look at the draft guidance documents.

The events are:

· Jan. 22, 2 p.m. Eastern: Produce safety rule draft guidance. The web seminar will provide an overview of the Food and Drug Administration’s draft compliance and implementation guidance for industry entitled “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Draft Guidance for Industry.” Registration is available at http://bit.ly/2sclBdf.

· Jan. 22, 3:30 p.m. Eastern: Fresh-cut guidance. This web seminar will provide an overview of the FDA’s draft guidance for industry entitled “Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce.” Registration is available at http://bit.ly/2FgmngN.

Another web seminar planned for early February, not yet available for registration, will look at what is ahead for enforcement of the produce safety rule, said Jennifer McEntire, vice president of food safety and technology for the United Fresh Produce Association.

“For larger operations, the (produce safety rule) technically went into effect last January, but FDA had said that they weren’t going to really be inspecting until the spring of 2019,” McEntire said in early January.

In addition, McEntire said United Fresh is hosting a web seminar on the Food Safety Modernization Act, with the event available in both English and Spanish.

Both events are free for United Fresh members and $100 for non-members.

Scheduled for Jan. 29, the English web seminar is called “FSMA: How the rules fit together,” and is planned for 2 p.m. Eastern.

Registration is available for the English language seminar at http://bit.ly/2LV6D49 and at http://bit.ly/2CUGKig for the Spanish web seminar, which is set for Jan. 30.

 
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