New FDA Rule for Fruit & Vegetable Producers
The FDA has set science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce grown for human consumption. According to the National Agricultural Law Center's Ag & Food Law Blog, "the rule sets forth procedures, processes and practices that minimize the risk of serious adverse health consequences or death, including those reasonably necessary to prevent the introduction of known or reasonably foreseeable biological hazards into or onto produce and to provide reasonable assurances that the produce is not adulterated on account of such hazards. The rule is expected to reduce foodborne illness associated with the consumption of contaminated produce."
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