United's Review of the Proposed FSMA Rules
On January 4, 2013, FDA released its proposed Produce Safety rule and Preventive Controls for Human Food rule under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). United Fresh Produce Association has been at the forefront of the efforts to modernize our food safety system, and has launched a thorough and deliberative industry review of the proposals to help shape future final regulations to enhance produce safety in ways that reflect the diversity and efficiency of our produce industry.
United Fresh Review Process
The review of the proposed rules involves the expertise of food safety experts and industry stakeholders from across the country to ensure they are implemented in a scientific, effective and practical way. United Fresh has organized working groups for each of the proposed rules which have conducted a deliberative process to review thousands of pages of the proposals.
Each of these panels has performed a series of meetings and conference calls to conduct a thorough analysis of the proposed FDA rules. These working groups are comprised of United's volunteer leaders, representing a broad spectrum and expertise of the produce industry. Members serving on our Food Safety & Technology Council, Government Relations Council, and other volunteer leadership groups also serve on these working groups.
Our goal is to ensure that we receive thorough and broad industry input in order to fully understand and advocate for our members a rule that is fair, balanced, and represents the intent and the principles that we strived for in development of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
For more information about the proposed food safety rules, please contact United's Senior Vice President for Food Safety Dr. David Gombas, 202-303-3400 or to join one of the working groups, please contact Erin Grether, 202-303-3402.