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FDA Seeking Input on Proposed Changes to FSMA Ag Water Regulations

Michigan public listening sessions scheduled in February and March

LANSING, MI – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking feedback on proposed changes to agricultural water regulations. Comments are due April 5, 2022. To facilitate Michigan stakeholder engagement, public sessions are being held across the state in collaboration with Michigan Conservation District produce safety technicians, Michigan State University Extension, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Registration is not required but encouraged.

FDA published proposed changes to the Agricultural Water Rule, Subpart E of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule on December 6, 2021. The changes are meant to address concerns about the complexity of certain pre-harvest agricultural water requirements while still addressing public health concerns. FDA is accepting public comment on all parts of Subpart E until April 5, 2022. MDARD is encouraging Michigan produce growers and stakeholders to review and comment on the proposed changes.

Below is the list of scheduled sessions with links for registration and additional details:

FDA is also hosting virtual public listening sessions on February 14 and 25. Additional details and registration for these meetings can be found on FDA’s public meeting landing page.

Please visit FDA’s FSMA Proposed Rule on Agricultural Water website for additional information, including a fact sheet and full text of proposed changes.

Please contact Emily Hollingsworth, MDARD’s FSMA Produce Safety Specialist, with any questions.