FDA Plans Listening Session on Produce Safety Rule

4/20/2013 7:00 AM

WOOSTER, Ohio — A listening session has been set for April 30 to hear comments and concerns about the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s proposed new food safety rules for fresh produce.

The session will be 1-4 p.m. in the Shisler Conference Center on the Wooster campus of Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.

The event is free, but registration is requested by visiting http://bit.ly/FDAmtg

The proposed Produce Safety rule was published Jan. 16 as one of the measures the FDA has taken to comply with the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.

The proposed rule focuses on standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce on farms. It is geared toward produce, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, sprouts and nuts, that are likely to be eaten fresh.

The FDA has already held the three public two-day meetings — in Washington, D.C., Oregon and Chicago — that the law required and now is reaching out to more farmers in different regions, including similar sessions in North Carolina and Georgia.

The public can officially comment on the rule online or in writing by May 16. To comment, go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for FDA-2011-N-0921.

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