Notice from USDA on Hearings re. Rules About Handling Leafy Greens

Note: This Program is Controversial, and You May Want to Make Your Voice Heard - See The Preceding Action Alert Post From Cornucopia Institute A public hearing will be held to give persons an opportunity to comment on a proposed national marketing agreement covering the handling of leafy green vegetables.  A notice of these hearings was published in the Federal Register today, September 3, 2009. This is a formal rulemaking proceeding. Hearings will be held in seven locations between September 22 and October 22, 2009.  Details are provided in the Notice of Hearing.  USDA will produce an on-demand video recording of the September 22-24, 2009, hearing sessions, and will make it available for viewing by interested parties beginning September 23, 2009, at www.ams.usda.gov/moab.  We will make the transcripts from all hearing sites available on the website, as well, soon after each hearing.

The proposal was submitted to USDA by a cross-section of producer and handler representatives from the fresh produce industry, collectively referred to as the "proponent group."  As proposed, the agreement would authorize the development and implementation of production and handling regulations (metrics) designed to support the United States Food and Drug Administration's Good Agricultural Practices, Good Handling Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices in the fresh leafy green vegetable industry.  As a voluntary program, only signatory handlers to the proposed agreement would be regulated. Sincerely, Anne M. Dec Marketing Order Administration Branch USDA AMS Fruit and Vegetable Programs

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