INDUSTRY SEES MICROBE-FREE PRODUCE GUIDE SOWING GOOD

ROCKVILLE, Md. (FNS) -- The Food and Drug Administration's proposed guidelines for growing microbe-free vegetables and fruit are getting a nod of approval from the produce industry.Based on earlier discussions with the agency, industry officials were concerned the guidelines might be too prescriptive, telling, for example, how specific vegetables must be cultivated, harvested, handled and packed.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (FNS) -- The Food and Drug Administration's proposed guidelines for growing microbe-free vegetables and fruit are getting a nod of approval from the produce industry.

Based on earlier discussions with the agency, industry officials were concerned the guidelines might be too prescriptive, telling, for example, how specific vegetables must be cultivated, harvested, handled and packed. Instead, the agency is offering an overall food-safety blueprint for produce farmers, as

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