Water used during the production of fruits and vegetables represents a potential pathway for contamination with human pathogens. In the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), microbial quality standards were established for agricultural water that comes in contact with produce to control risks associated with water use. However, FDA received feedback from numerous stakeholders raising concerns that some of these standards may be too complex to understand and difficult to implement. In response to these concerns, FDA is considering how to address these issues by exploring ways to simplify the PSR standards related to agricultural water.
The two-day Water Summit is an opportunity for growers, produce industry representatives, educators and researchers to discuss with regulatory personnel the diverse ways that water is used on farms, the hazards associated with water use on produce, the challenges and concerns related to current standards for water quality testing and workable solutions for reducing risks to protect public health. FDA wants to collaborate with all parts of the industry to develop ideas that support risk reduction related to water. This Water Summit will include informational presentations and breakout discussions. Participants will explore challenges related to the requirements of Subpart E – Agricultural Water and discuss potential solutions that are workable while still protecting public health. This is a great opportunity for growers to share with FDA and other regulators what is good about the current water standard and what needs to be changed and how it could change.
Join us for remote participation in Tifton, Georgia for the two-day Water Summit that will include informational presentations and break out discussions. Participants will explore challenges related to the requirements of Subpart E – Agricultural Water and discuss potential solutions that are workable while protecting public health. Comments from remote locations will be consolidated and sent forward in real time. Participation limited to 50 attendees due to space limitations.
Remote Site Hosts:
Remote Location & Directions:
Tift County Extension Office
1468 Carpenter Road South
Tifton, Georgia 31973
Office (229) 391-7980
Click HERE for GoogleMap directions
Tuesday, February 27 - Wednesday, February 28
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Click HERE for the 2018 Water Summit-Tifton Agenda
Registration Fee: $50
- Registration limited to first 50 registrants.
- Registration includes admission to the remote site Water Summit in Tifton, training materials, lunch on both days, and refreshments.
- All registration will close February 23, 2018
- No onsite registration will be available
- No substitutions, transfers, or refunds will be issued within one week of the Summit start date
To register for the 2018 Water Summit remote site in Tifton, GA, click HERE.
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
For more information about the 2018 Water Summit click HERE to read from the Produce Safety Alliance
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