Dates: February 27 and 28, 2018
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.
The NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force is hosting a remote location for the PSA Water Summit that will take place in Covington, Kentucky on Feb. 27 and 28. We will be meeting at the NC Farm Bureau state office in Raleigh (5301 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612). This meeting is free to attend we just ask that you please let us know you are coming by filling out the form on this link http://go.ncsu.edu/p3h4r5 so that we can make lunch arrangements. NC Farm Bureau will be sponsoring lunch.
In case you cannot join us in Raleigh 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.