December 20, 2013
Authored by: Brandon Neuschafer
Yesterday, FDA Deputy Commissions for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Michael Taylor, announced that FDA would further amend the draft rules on produce safety and preventive controls for human food, which were originally published in draft form in January 2013. Acccording to Mr. Taylor’s statement:
[W]e believe that significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities, and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms. We have heard the concern that these provisions, as proposed, would not fully achieve our goal of implementing the law in a way that improves public health protections while minimizing undue burden on farmers and other food producers.
As FDA considers the changes to be significant, it will once again accept comment only on the sections of the rules being changed. FDA expects to publish the revised drafts in early summer 2014. Digest will keep you posted on new information regarding the draft rules as it becomes available.