Deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration Michael Taylor is scheduled to present the keynote address at the Breakfast General Session of The Washington Conference on Sept. 10.

Taylor will give an update on the FDA’s rulemaking for the Food Safety Modernization Act. The FDA has proposed a number of rules under the act that could significantly affect the fresh produce industry and the safety of fresh produce in the U.S., according to a new release.

“We look forward to hearing from Mike Taylor about FDA’s new supplemental proposals, as well as FDA’s vision going forward in FSMA implementation,” Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “It’s a rare opportunity to hear directly from the FDA’s lead food official and one of the highest food safety authorities in the federal government about implementation of the complex FSMA law.”

Taylor started his career with the FDA in 1976 as a litigating attorney. Over time, he worked his way to deputy commissioner for Foods in 2009.

“United Fresh values ongoing dialogue and cooperation with FDA about FSMA implementation,” Stenzel said in the release. “We appreciate hearing from Mike Taylor at The Washington Conference about FDA’s work to make the FSMA regulations workable and effective for the entire produce supply chain.”

Conference attendees can also participate in United’s Forum at FDA on Sept. 10. At the forum, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with FDA officials and ask questions about the act and other regulatory issues the affect the produce industry.