Amid Calls For Interim Water Rule, FDA Finalizes FSMA Compliance Delay

March 15, 2019
FDA on Friday (March 15) finalized a rule that pushes back deadlines for farms to comply with agricultural water standards required in the Food Safety Modernization Act, despite calls from food safety advocates for the agency to implement interim rules to help prevent future foodborne illness outbreaks, such as the 2018 romaine lettuce E. coli outbreaks. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and deputy commissioner for food policy and response Frank Yiannas said the agency needs more time to ensure the...

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