FARFA and five organizations from across Texas have urged the Texas Department of Agriculture to extend the public comment period on the proposed rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.
The request was sent in the form of a letter to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. The full text is below.
Texas Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 12847
Austin, TX 78711-2847
January 7, 2019
Dear Commissioner Miller:
The undersigned organizations urge the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to extend the comment period on the proposed new Title 4, Chapter 11 regulations, until March 1, 2019.
TDA has had 18 months to work on these proposed regulations, since HB 3227, which gave the agency authority to implement the Produce Safety Rule, went into effect on June 15, 2017. Yet the agency is proposing to give affected farmers just 48 days during the height of the holiday season to be notified of the proposed rules, review them, and provide their comments.…