The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of two draft guidance documents involving standards for produce. One draft guidance “provides a broad range of recommendations on how to meet the requirements” for growing produce and “outlines how to determine whether produce or farms may be eligible for exemptions.” The second guidance focuses on fresh-cut produce and methods for minimizing food-safety hazards. Comments on both guidance documents will be accepted until April 22, 2019.

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