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How to Comment on the Supplemental Proposal for the Produce Rule
The first open comment period for the proposed Produce Rule closed on Friday, November 22, 2013. After initial review of over 15,000 comments submitted to the docket, the FDA released a supplemental document proposing revisions to key areas of the Produce Rule on September 19, 2014 including:

The proposed rule supplement was published in the Federal Register on Monday, September 29, 2014. There will be a 75 day comment period which closes on December 15, 2014. A summary of the key revisions can be found on the FDA's website or you can download the full document online.

Electronic comments can be submitted at:!submitComment;D=FDA-2011-N-0921-0973

Handwritten comments can be mailed to:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

We highly encourage your participation in this process. The FDA greatly values your insight in drafting a document that better suits the needs of produce farmers across the country.

Before you begin, here are a few key tips for submitting impactful comments to the docket:

  1. Read the supplement and review the supporting documents that provide details so you can decide how this information may impact your farm.
  2. Describe your farm situation and the concerns you have about the proposed rule.
  3. Suggest ways the rule can be changed to maintain produce safety while being practical to implement. Share information you have about costs and services you might need that are specific to your farm, commodity, or growing region.