Workshop: Potential Options for Revising the Agricultural Water Standard and Testing Protocols

On October 3, 2017, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), farms, academia, and food industry trade associations discussed potential revisions to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule’s (PSR) microbial quality standards and testing requirements for agricultural water. The meeting followed FDA’s announcements that it extended compliance dates for agriculture water requirements and will revisit the requirements to ensure they are feasible for growers and regulators through continued stakeholder outreach. Discussion included proposals for how to amend the agriculture water requirements within the rule’s current framework to address near-term challenges, as well as, and potentially in combination with, ideas for novel frameworks that could improve the confidence in and measurability of the rule’s public health impact long-term as new science becomes available.

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