Participate in the Upcoming Produce Safety Alliance’s Water Summit

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Why is this meeting relevant to the Produce Industry?

Water used during the production of fruits and vegetables represents a potential pathway for contamination with human pathogens. In the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), microbial quality standards were established for agricultural water that comes in contact with produce to reduce risks associated with agricultural water use. However, FDA received feedback from numerous stakeholders raising concerns that some of these standards may be too complex to understand and difficult to implement. In response to these concerns, FDA is considering how to address these issues by exploring ways to simplify the PSR standards related to agricultural water.

Join us for remote participation in the two-day Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Water Summit that will be held on Feb. 27 and 28, 2018. The PSA Water Summit will include informational presentations and break out discussions. Participants will explore challenges related to the requirements of Subpart E – Agricultural Water and discuss potential solutions that are workable for the produce industry while protecting public health.

The PSA Water Summit will be held in Covington, Kentucky and registration to attend the main site is full at this time.

Remote location in NC

The NC Produce Safety Task Force will be hosting a remote breakout group at the NC Farm Bureau state office in Raleigh, NC on Feb. 27 and 28, 2018. Refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m on both days. There is no fee to attend, we just ask that you please let us know if you are planning to participate so that we can make lunch arrangements. To reserve a seat please click here to RSVP for PSA Water Summit in NC.

The tentative agenda for this meeting can be accessed at: PSA Water Summit Tentative Agenda.

Comments and input provided by participants at the NC remote location will be consolidated and sent forward in real time to the main location.

Lunch will be sponsored by North Carolina Farm Bureau.

In the event you can not join us in Raleigh, NC but would still like to participate, the Produce Safety Alliance will provide a live one-way audio and video stream that will be free and available to the public. The link will be advertised approximately 1 week prior to the meeting through all of the PSA listserves and posted on the PSA website at www.producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu. After the Water Summit concludes, the PSA will also provide a recording of the meeting on their website.

If you have any questions about this meeting please contact Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety-Fresh Produce at (828)352-2519 or by email at elena_rogers@ncsu.edu

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