FDA's Proposed Produce Safety Rules—An Interactive Discussion: Wednesday, August 28, 2013;2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern TimeThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites you to take part in a free, interactive webinar on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed produce safety rules. While USDA has no formal role in the development or implementation of the proposed rules for FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Department’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Fruit and Vegetable Program is hosting the webinar as a service to the produce industry. Michael Taylor, J.D., FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, will deliver brief remarks on two groundbreaking proposed rules for produce safety and preventive controls for human food under FSMA, with an emphasis on the proposed Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption. The proposed rules were published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2013; the comment period has been extended until September 16, 2013. Brief formal remarks will be followed by a real-time, interactive question-and-answer session featuring Mr. Taylor and members of FDA’s produce safety staff. This informative session is part of AMS' ongoing webinar series designed for fruit and vegetable growers, packers, shippers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers of all sizes. The webinar is free and available to anyone with Internet access. Registration is required and space is limited. Visit (http://bit.ly/17TR8yu) to register today! We'll see you online! If you have any questions about our webinar series or the AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program, please contact Christopher Purdy at (202) 720-3209 or email@example.com.