The Food and Drug Administration is responding to ongoing questions about how the Food Safety Modernization Act will affect water use.

The agency posted information directed to small and medium-size growers about the agency’s proposed produce safety rule.

In a new interview on the FDA’s website, Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods, said the FDA is developing a final FSMA rule that “prevents illnesses but that also is practical and adaptable to a wide diversity of growing conditions and practices.”

The new information online address the produce rule’s application to agricultural water and alternatives to certain provisions in the produce rule, according to the release.

The materials appear on a new “Resources for Farmers” section on the FSMA Proposed Rule for Produce Safety page.

Comments on the produce safety proposed rule are due by September 16 and can be submitted on New materials available from the FDA, according to the release, include: