FDA Proposes Changes to Food Safety Modernization Act Rule to Enhance Safety of Agricultural Water Used on Produce

December 2, 2021

overhead irrigation in a farm fieldFDA Proposes Changes to Food Safety Modernization Act Rule to Enhance Safety of Agricultural Water Used on Produce

On December 2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule that aims to enhance the safety of produce. It proposes to require farms to conduct comprehensive assessments that would help them identify and mitigate hazards in water used to grow produce. This is the latest step in the agency’s implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and it proposes to replace some of the existing requirements for agricultural water in the Produce Safety Rule (PSR).  The FDA is proposing a revision to Subpart E.

Two virtual meetings will be held, but they have not been scheduled.

Questions can be submitted via email.  Currently only simple clarifying questions may be answered during this time of deliberation. 

Comments and feedback can be submitted online.  The comment period is open until April 5, 2022.

 

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