[montanafood_ag] FW: FDA Issues Guidance on Determining Safety of Flood-Affected Food Crops

Reid, Howard hreid at mt.gov
Wed Oct 26 08:28:07 MDT 2011


Considering the flooding impacts this past spring and summer, and the predictions for a similar weather pattern this coming year, this guidance should be useful for growers here in Montana.


Howard Reid, R.S., Manager 
Food, Drug & Cosmetics Program 
MT DPHHS 
Cogswell Building 
1400 Broadway Street, RM C214 
PO BOX 202951 
Helena,  MT  59620-2951 
Ph: (406) 444-5306 
Fax: (406) 444-5055



-----Original Message-----
From: Division of Federal State Relations [mailto:dfsr at fda.hhs.gov] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:28 PM
To: Reid, Howard
Subject: FDA Issues Guidance on Determining Safety of Flood-Affected Food Crops

The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition 
(CFSAN) has issued guidance to the food industry on evaluating the safety of 
flood-affected crops intended for human consumption.
Crops can become contaminated when growing fields are flooded because flood waters 
often contain sewage, chemicals, heavy metals, pathogenic organisms and other 
contaminants. Growers of crops intended for human consumption are responsible 
for determining the safety of their crops when fields have been flooded. The 
new guidance will help growers make this determination by providing direction 
for assessing the safety of food crops when flood waters have contacted the edible 
portions of crops, and when they have not. The guidance also provides information 
on evaluating the safety of flood-affected fields before replanting, and avoiding 
cross-contamination of food crops after flooding. 
The guidance is effective immediately. FDA will accept public comments on the 
guidance at any time. The guidance, including instructions on how to submit comments 
and obtain written copies, is available at:


<http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/FoodDefenseandEmergencyResponse/ucm274683.htm>




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