FDA issued a press release today announcing that it has awarded $30.9 million in grants to help states implement the Produce Safety Rule. This amount is in addition to the $21.8 million FDA awarded in 2016 for the same purpose.
The grant money will go to 43 states across the U.S. The only states that will not receive any of funds are Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
FDA finalized the Produce Safety Rule in 2015 and in so doing it set safety standards for growing, harvesting, and packing and holding, fruits and vegetables that are grown for human consumption. It is the first time that FDA has exercised direct jurisdiction over farming operations.
The rule focuses on water quality, biological soil amendments (including manure), and farm worker training and sanitation.
FDA will phase in enforcement of the Produce Safety rule over the next several years. The earliest compliance dates are in January 2018, and they apply to certain cotton ginning operations, to facilities that color fresh fruits and vegetables, and to facilities that hold or pack fresh fruits and vegetables.
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