If you have strong opinions about food safety, let the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) know what you think of their proposed preventive controls for fresh produce, as published in yesterday’s edition of the Federal Register.

In a public statement, the agencies state they are “working together to achieve the goals of enhancing the safety and quality of fresh produce in ways that take into account the wide diversity of farming operations. We are committed to leveraging the expertise of our partner agencies and working together to ensure that our current produce safety and quality activities are complementary and consistent.”

Growers, produce-safety stakeholders and the public may comment on the production and packing of fresh produce, as well as practical approaches to improving produce safety.

The FDA encourages anyone interested to submit information relevant to developing safety standards for fresh produce at farms and packing houses, as well as strategies to ensure compliance with those standards.

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