FDA to Host Webinar on the FSMA Final Rule on Pre-Harvest Agricultural Water

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a webinar on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 1 p.m. ET on the recently released Agricultural Water Final Rule issued under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). During the webinar, the FDA will provide an overview of the final rule and answer questions.

The final rule replaces certain pre-harvest agricultural water requirements for covered produce in the 2015 produce safety rule. It will include requirements for systems-based agricultural water assessments to determine and minimize potential risks associated with pre-harvest agricultural water. Specifically, this rule:

  1. Establishes requirements for agricultural water assessments that evaluate factors that are key determinants of contamination risks associated with pre-harvest agricultural water; this includes an evaluation of the water system, water use practices, crop characteristics, environmental conditions, potential impacts on water from adjacent land, and other relevant factors.
  2. Includes testing pre-harvest agricultural water as part of an assessment in certain circumstances.
  3. Requires farms to implement effective mitigation measures within specific timeframes based on findings from their assessments. Hazards related to certain activities associated with adjacent land uses are subject to expedited mitigation.
  4. Adds new options for mitigation measures, providing farms with additional flexibility in responding to findings from their pre-harvest agricultural water assessments.

Compliance dates for covered produce are as follows:

  1. For very small farms: 2 years, 9 months after the effective date of the final rule
  2. For small farms: 1 year, 9 months after the effective date of the final rule
  3. For all other farms: 9 months after the effective date of the final rule

Register here: FSMA Final Rule on Pre-Harvest Agricultural Water Webinar

 

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