● Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its anticipated revisions to four proposed rules implementing the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), with comments due by December 15. Our growers will be especially interested in changes to the FSMA rules for determining the safety of agricultural water. FDA claims they have made these rules more flexible and practical than its initial set of proposals. We shall see. Part of the difficulty in making a quick assessment is the length of the proposed revisions, some 152 pages for just the one rule entitled “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.” Under this snappy title is contained such deadening prose as “
Chris Schlect // September 23, 2014
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Christian Schlect is the President of the Northwest Horticultural Council.
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