Mississippi produce growers can evaluate and comment on the new food safety regulations being proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during an upcoming workshop to be held at the Choctaw Farmers Market building at the Natural Resources Complex on Blackjack Road in the Pearl River Reservation from 1-3 p.m. on May 16.

Produce growers, produce industry employees, and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend and offer feedback on the proposed regulations.

Of particular interest in the produce rule, a small part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The produce rule addresses standards for the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce intended for human consumption. Congress requires that laws of such complexity and scope go through a process of public input before fully implemented.

This workshop is free to all interested in this topic.

If you need further information concerning this program please feel free to contact Jim McAdory or Candy Jimmie at 601-656-2070.

For more information on the Food Safety Modernization Act, go to http://www.fda.gov/ Food/FoodSafety.

The Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into Law January 2011 and will be implemented gradually. The act is the first extensive change to FDA food safety laws in more than 70 years.