On Friday, Jan. 4, the FDA issued two sweeping proposed food safety regulations in the form of new: (1) preventive control provisions through amended and expanded Current Good Manufacturing Practices for human food processing operations; and (2) growing, packing, handling, and holding regulations for produce (fruits and vegetables that are consumed raw) operations. Both proposed regulations are authorized by the Food Safety Modernization Act passed in early 2011. They are the most significant proposed food safety changes in decades. The changes would apply to approximately 80 percent of the food consumed in the United States.

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