The New Year got underway with the long- awaited release of proposed food safety rules. Commissioner Weathers is encouraging all that have a stake in the new rules to review them, then offer commentary to the SC Department of Agriculture so that they can formulate a comprehensive comment before the comment period expires in April.
“There is a lot to digest in these rules. Just these two take up 1000 pages so we are trying to go through and really find the heart of them. They are pretty impactful, the produce safety rule and the preventative control for human food facilities. One has to do with production the other with processing. Everything is designed around preventing food borne illnesses. It is of upmost importance and has really taken on a life of its own the last five years.
I want to encourage people to take advantage of the comment period that runs until the end of April. They can find a link to this new set of rules under Hot Topics on our website. Go and read it and then let us know if they see something that will adversely impact their operation. Over the next 90 days we want to find out how this will hit the ground so that we can then formulate comments on behalf of the industry to the FDA. We also welcome people to call the SC Department of Ag and leave a comment.
These are not a done deal the way they are written and the comment period is vital. Comments have worked in the past to change the way the regulations are written. That is why we need to know what the impact of these two new rules will be.”