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MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013

CONTACT: Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs

N.C. listening session on FDA's proposed produce safety rule is Wednesday

WHO/WHAT: Listening session for N.C. produce farmers and packers interested in learning more about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed fresh-produce rule. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will host FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor; Steve Solomon, acting deputy associate commissioner for regulatory affairs; and James Gorny, senior advisor for produce safety, who will present information about the rule. Richard Linton, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, will also make remarks.
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1-5 p.m.
Scott Building
State Fairgrounds
WHY: On Jan. 4, the FDA announced a proposed rule focused on measures that produce farmers and packers should take to prevent the contamination of fresh fruits and vegetables. For the first time, produce growers will be subject to FDA regulation on the farm. The agency is collecting comments about the rule before finalizing it. The deadline for comments is May 16.

The rule proposal is a result of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, which is focused on preventing contamination in food.

North Carolina is the first of only five states to host a listening session about the rule.


NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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