United Fresh Announces FSMA Webinars


United Fresh has teamed up with the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) to produce two webinars providing details about the FDA's proposed produce rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The webinars offer insights and analysis of the draft FSMA rule from FDA, university experts, and United Fresh food safety leaders and legal counsel.
FDA's Proposed FSMA Produce Rule Webinar: Learn from the Experts
Thursday, February 7, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST/8 - 9:30 a.m. PST
This webinar, in partnership with the IAFP, will cover the proposed Produce Rule and is free of charge. Featured speakers on the webinar will be:
Dr. James Gorny, senior adviser, Office of Food Safety, FDA CFSAN
David Durkin, legal counsel, OFW Law
The session will be moderated by Dr. David Gombas, United Fresh senior vice president, food safety and technology, and Dr. Kali Kniel, University of Delaware, vice chair of the IAFP Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality Professional Development Group.
Produce Safety Standards: FDA and Industry Expert Insights Webinar
Monday, February 11, 12 - 1:30 p.m. EST/9 - 10:30 a.m. PST
This webinar, in partnership with the IFT, will cover the proposed produce rule. Join expert presenters to learn more on the content of the proposed rule, what implications may exist, and how this proposed rule impacts you and your company. The webinar will conclude with a live Q&A session. Each webcast costs $49. Featured speakers will be:
Dr. Samir Assar, director, produce safety staff, FDA CFSAN
Dr. James Gorny, senior adviser, office of food safety, FDA CFSAN
Dr. David Gombas, senior vice president, food safety and technology, United Fresh

The webinars complement the work being done by United's produce rule and preventive control rule working groups, comprised of experts and industry leaders, to lead a series of meetings and webinars on the proposed produce safety and preventive controls rules. Both working groups held a teleconference to begin the deliberative process to review the proposed rules and laid the groundwork for moving forward. The working groups are comprised of United's volunteer leaders, representing a broad spectrum and expertise of the produce industry to ensure the input of the entire fresh produce supply chain is reflected in the final rules.
"The produce safety and preventive controls working groups are critical to driving this review forward," said Dr. David Gombas. "The United members leading this effort have already made important recommendations about the proposed rules. Comments generated by the working groups and the broader membership at our meetings will be compiled and approved by United's board of directors before being submitted to FDA."
More information about the webinars is available on the United Fresh FSMA page at unitedfresh.org/fsma. Members will also find resources about the FSMA proposed rules, including an FDA PowerPoint presentation summarizing the new rules, FDA fact sheets and the full text of both draft rules, as well as federal register notices. Registration for both webinars is available through the United Fresh calendar of events. For more information, please contact Erin Grether at 202-303-3402.