In 2009 the Food and Drug Administration ordered a study on vegetable production safety. Jim Gorny is an FDA Senior Advisor and says this followed several outbreaks of food related illness traced back to fresh produce
In 2009 the Food and Drug Administration ordered a study on vegetable production safety. Jim Gorny is an FDA Senior Advisor and says this followed several outbreaks of food related illness traced back to fresh produce.
Jim Gorny, FDA Senior Advisor; "made people sick."
Gorny says found contamination came from animals and birds, contaminated water supply and improper use of natural fertilizer. The safety proposals will be reviewed for one year and could go into effect at larger produce farms in 2016 and later for smaller producers. Many of the changes have been done independently by produce farmers as many companies that purchase that produce require those safety checks be in place.
It won't be too much longer before farmer's markets start popping up throughout the state. The Food and Drug Administration recently completed a three-year study on safe production after an outbreak of food related illness traced back to fresh greens. FDA's Jim Gorny their proposed safety rules are basic common sense.
Gorny; "made people sick."
Gorny says they are also making suggestions for those who use natural fertilizer. The proposals will be reviewed for a year and could go into effect in 2016 for large produce operations and later for smaller farms. Along with vegetables the regulations would include production of mushrooms, herbs, nuts and sprouts.
There could be a few changes for vegetable growers who provide food to restaurants, farmer's markets and grocery stores. The Food and Drug Administration just wrapped up a three year study on how to safely grow and handle fresh produce. Jim Gorny with the FDA says the proposal calls for changes in the way natural fertilizer is applied.
Gorny; "and harvest."
Food related illness also stemmed from animal and bird waste as well as contaminated water supplies and those issues are covered in the proposal as well.
The FDA will be taking comments on the proposal for the next year and regulations could go into effect in 2016.
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