Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET
With the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) public comment deadline approaching on Nov. 26, 2013, NPC is briefing its media partners on a document it commissioned to provide food safety guidance for all companies that produce, harvest, store, pack, and transport potatoes. The guidelines are broken down into four sections: I) General Practices, II) Production and Harvest Operations, III) Storage Unit Operations, and IV) Packinghouse Unit Operations. Each section lists a set of best practices to address potential food safety issues associated with those specific operations.
The U.S. potato industry is proud of its strong track record of providing domestic and international consumers a safe, nutritious product through the adoption of good agricultural practices (GAPs) and good manufacturing practices (GMPs) as part of normal production operations. Notwithstanding this record, NPC and its state and industry partners recognized the need for continuous improvement with regard to food safety and developed a voluntary set of guidelines that reinforce fundamental practices already in place on farms and in packing sheds.
The guidance document is available at http://nationalpotatocouncil.org/files/7113/7719/9526/Potato_Food_Safety_Guidelines_06.17.13.pdf and on the FDA industry guidance document website at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/ProducePlantProducts/UCM365582.pdf
The schedule of speakers includes:
- John Keeling, Executive Vice President and CEO, National Potato Council
- Susan M. Leaman, Vice President, Intertox Decision Sciences, LLC
- Andy Diercks, Vice President, Coloma Farms, Inc., Coloma, Wisc.
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
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