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February 5 2013
The NOP is requesting public comments on the following proposed changes to the National List:
January 22 2013
On January 16, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register for public comment two proposed rules:
Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption
These proposed rules are key components of the preventive approach to food safety established by the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
As a service to the produce industry we are distributing this link to FDA's proposed rules for your information and review. This invitation to comment is being sent to you as a service only, as the USDA has no formal role in the development or implementation of the proposed rules for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
The produce industry, other stakeholders and the general public are being asked to participate in the rulemaking process by reviewing the proposed rules and submitting comments to FDA or at the regulations.gov portal by the due date of May 16, 2013.
Your substantive, specific comments with as much detail as you can provide as to what works for you and what doesn't work (and why) will help guide our colleagues at FDA as they draft final rules on produce safety and preventive controls. The Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption and for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food will become effective only after the final rules are published in the Federal Register along with established compliance dates.
Should you have questions about FDA's proposed rules on Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption or Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food, or any other FDA-related issue, please contact our FDA colleagues at:
Food and Drug Administration
February 1 2013
Cell Fusion in Organic Seed Production Policy Memo
In the scientific literature, cell fusion is defined as the fusing of two cells to form a single cell.
In response to inquiries, the NOP developed a policy addressing when cell fusion is considered an excluded method:
December 13 2012
Organic Wine Oversight, Labeling, and Trade
Like all organic products, organic wine must meet all USDA organic requirements. Organic alcoholic beverages must also meet Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulations.
NOP's new wine fact sheet summarizes the requirements for wine:
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