New FDA Produce Safety Rule Focus of Meeting in Augusta
New produce safety regulations, proposed by the federal government, were the focus of a meeting Monday in Augusta. The Food and Drug Administration wants to implement new rules for farmers and packers when it comes to handing fresh fruits and vegetables.The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry hosted a listening session so people could learn more about the potential changes. The FDA Produce Safety Rule focuses on preventing contamination to better protect consumers.What kind of changes that will mean for farmers and growers is still to be determined.John Bott, with the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, says, “One size fits all regulation isn’t going to work when it’s applied, especially for a state like Maine, who has a large growing number of small farmers who produce for farmers’ markets. “The FDA is taking comments on the proposed rule until November 15th. For more information, click on this link: www.fda.gov
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