In a recently published article in the Food Safety Magazine entitled ” REGULATORY REPORT Produce Safety: FDA Reaches Out to Producers and Packers” , the NC Fresh Produce Task Force’s efforts were highlighted. The high level of involvement from this task force was recognized – from facilitating NC as one of the designated F DA’s listening sessions states and going several steps further to gather farmer’s key issues throughout the state and submitting them formally to FDA’s open docket on the upcoming proposed rule.
To quote from this article ” States also invited us to participate in listening sessions. Some states took our outreach concept to a higher level of involvement. The North Carolina Task Force on Produce Safety not only invited us to the state for a listening session and tours of farms, but went on to organize 17 more sessions on its own around the state. The Task Force has since submitted to the open docket many pages of insightful comments from the more than 300 growers who attended those state-level sessions and made their views known.” This effort was largely driven by the NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force Member, Debbie Hamrick from the NC Farm Bureau, in her role as Co-Chair of Working Group that works to ensure that industry and public policy decisions regarding fresh produce safety are informed by science-based information.
A special Thank You and Congratulations goes out to all those farmers, extension agents, regulators, industry representatives, and task force member that are involved in this Fresh Produce Safety Initiative!
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