The FDA released several updates over the past week:
- Draft Guidance for Industry: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption
The purpose of this draft compliance and implementation guidance document is to help covered farms comply with the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule, which establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce. Entitled “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption,” the rule is part of FDA’s implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on the draft guidance within 180 days of the publish date to ensure comments are considered while FDA works on the final version of the guidance.
- Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce: Draft Guidance for Industry
This guidance is intended for those persons who are subject to FDA regulation, in 21 CFR part 117 (part 117), entitled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” and who manufacture, process, pack, or hold fresh-cut produce.
- Commission Gottlieb's statement on the guidance documents