Skip to main content

FDA FORCED TO "RETHINK" FSMA

















Thursday, December 19, 2013





Story By:
  


Christofer Oberst christofer@andnowuknow.com
Reporter at AndNowUKnow.com
2020 L St. Suite 320
Sacramento, CA












SILVER SPRING, MD - In response to the number of comments received from produce farmers and others in the agricultural sector, the FDA has proposed that it will be revising the food safety rules it proposed earlier this year. 




The FDA will be seeking further comments on the revised proposed rule language by early summer 2014.





Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods, said that the agency believes 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, according to a press release. “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,” says Taylor.








Ray Gilmer, Vice President, Issues Management & Communication at United Fresh, tells AndNowUKnow, “We applaud the FDA for announcing they will issue a second round of proposed rules on FSMA. Given the scope and tremendous diversity of the produce industry, it just makes sense to issue another set of draft rules for review. We look forward to working with FDA to refine the proposed rules and make them the most effective and workable they can be.”








Produce Marketing Association member Dr. Bob Whitaker tells AndNowUKnow, “We think it’s commendable that the FDA has listened to our concerns and we appreciate the interactions they had with the industry. Both the industry and the FDA did the right thing. We look forward to see the revised rules.”







The initial concern with the FSMA is that the FDA had taken a “One-Size-Fits-All” approach, which applies the same standards to all produce commodities, regardless of substantive differences in risks.



 Despite identifying broad health and safety measures, the FDA has not taken into account the different risks and appropriate standards and practices across all fruits and vegetables.





Now, the goal is to make the revised rules as flexible as possible so that it can meet the various types of operations in this complex industry.





Stay tuned to AndNowUKnow for more news on the Food Safety Modernization Safety Act.









- See more at: http://www.andnowuknow.com/bloom/fda-plans-revise-food-safety-modernization-act-rules-response-farmer-comments/christofer-obers?







Popular posts from this blog

THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER MANGOES IN THE WORLD ....

While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???





In alphabetical order by Country....










India




Alphonso





Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia








Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 


It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 





The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 




After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.


An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 




The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
Announcement / Corporate


 May 19, 2011, 14:04 IST





Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.






This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.





Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.





Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…