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Digging Into the FDA’s Proposed Rules for Produce


Andy Frame

Part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which has the goal of reducing the incidence of foodborne illness in the U.S., is an update to requirements for produce farmers that codifies accountability for food safety at the farm level. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration already has inspection authority over farms, FSMA will widen the agency’s jurisdiction. FDA’s proposed produce safety standards, released in January, provide a new regulatory scheme for farmers to comply with, but includes exemptions for certain types of farms. The rules attempt to reduce foodborne pathogens on produce by focusing on sources of contamination, including water sources, biological soil amendments, wild and domesticated animals, workers in the fields, equipment, buildings, and harvesting and packing.

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