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Comment Deadline November 15 for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Local vegetables offered for sale. Image Credit Matthew Orwat

Local vegetables offered for sale. Image Credit Matthew Orwat

The comment period for proposed FDA food safety regulations as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is rapidly closing. November 15 is the deadline.

Panhandle fruit and vegetable growers and processors both large and small need to be aware of and comment on any proposed changes. These regulations will affect small farmers, organic farmers, and large growers differently, depending on the amount of gross sales their operation generates and the distance their produce is transported for final sale.

For a summary on proposed regulations please refer to the following article by UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Les Harrison: FDA Changing Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Rules

Please read this constituent update from the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for more information.

To comment on the proposed regulations, please follow the links below.


Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu

Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening objectives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.

Matthew Orwat

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