PA Department of Agriculture to Host Meetings Regarding FSMA

Recently, the FDA released revisions to four proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. The FDA is making changes to key provisions based on feedback received from the thousands of comments submitted to the agency. Similar to the stakeholder meetings hosted last year by PDA on the proposed FSMA rules, the Department is planning to host the same type of meetings in early November.


Your insight is extremely valuable as the Department prepares to submit comments to the FDA before the public comment period closes on December 15, 2014. Please join us for any of the following meetings at the PA Department of Agriculture:


NOVEMBER 3, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.: Discussion on PRODUCE SAFETY RULE






For planning purposes, please contact Janel Biery at regarding your attendance. Please share with your entire organization and other interested individuals that may want to attend.


Fact Sheets and redline versions of the proposed supplemental rules can be found at the links below. The redline versions allow you to see how the proposed codified text has been modified from the original proposal.


Produce safety rule:


Preventive controls for human food rule:


Preventive controls for food for animals rule:

FDA Seeks to Make FSMA Proposals More Flexible, Targeted

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing changes to four rules proposed in 2013 to implement the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA is proposing new ways to make the original proposals more flexible, practical and targeted. The changes are based on the input received during an unprecedented level of outreach to stakeholders and valuable input received from farmers and others directly affected by the rules. Thousands of comments were submitted electronically during the comment period. The changes include:


Produce Safety: More flexible criteria for determining the safety of agricultural water for certain uses and a tiered approach to water testing.


Produce Safety: A commitment to conduct extensive research on the safe use of raw manure in growing areas and complete a risk assessment. Pending those actions, FDA is deferring its decision on an appropriate time interval between the application of raw manure and the harvesting of a crop and removing the nine-month interval originally proposed. FDA also proposes eliminating the 45-day minimum application interval for composted manure that meets proposed microbial standards and application requirements.


Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Foods: Requirements that human and animal food facilities, when appropriate, test products and the food facility's environment, as well as implement certain supplier controls.


Foreign Supplier Verification Program: A more comprehensive analysis of potential risks associated with foods and foreign suppliers, and more flexibility for importers in determining appropriate supplier verification measures based on their evaluation of those risks.


The FDA will accept comments on the revised provisions for 75 days after publication in the Federal Register, while continuing to review comments already received on the original proposed rules. No additional comments will be accepted on the original proposals. FDA will consider both sets of comments-on the original proposed rules and on the revisions-before issuing final rules in 2015.


The agency is planning to hold a public meeting on the revised proposals on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in College Park, Md. Details will be forthcoming.

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October 21

PSU College of Agricultural Sciences Career Day

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(Bryce Jordan Center, University Park)

October 22

PEQAP Oversight Committee Meeting

9 a.m.

(Room 309, PA Dept. of Agriculture)

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Keystone Crops & Soils Conference

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Poultry Health Committee Meeting

9 a.m.

(Room 309, PA Dept. of Agriculture) 


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