Requirements of the food and Drug Administration’s proposed produce safety rule are scheduled to be discussed during a Nov. 19 session sponsored by the Georgia Agriculture Department.

The interactive session is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time and will include FDA’s top officials, according to a news release. Simultaneous live events are scheduled at the state agriculture department’s office in Gainesville, the Macon State Farmers Market and the University of Georgia-Tifton campus.

Georgia Agriculture Secretary Gary Black said in the release it is critical for growers, shippers, handlers, distributors and retailers to understand revisions to the proposed rules before the comment period ends on Dec. 15. The rules are among the congressional mandates in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.

The Nov. 19 agenda includes time for attendee questions following scheduled presentations from FDA’s deputy commissioner Mike Taylor, FSMA chief implementation manager Rebecca Buckner, FDA director of produce safety Samir Assar and consumer safety officer Joy Johanson.

The event is open to the public, but space is limited and early registration is encouraged, according to the release. To register online, go to