U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration food safety officials are scheduled to tour key Florida packing and distribution operations.

On Oct. 22, Mike Taylor, a senior adviser to the commissioner of the FDA, and Ann Wright, deputy undersecretary of agriculture for the USDA’s marketing and regulatory affairs division, are scheduled to visit the Plant City State Farmers Market with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson to view grower and handler food safety practices.

The group is also scheduled to tour the packing operations of West Coast Tomato Inc. in Palmetto, Fla.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the federal officials plan to meet with Florida growers to seek suggestions and concerns about how increasing food safety rules could affect them.
On Oct. 23, the group plans to attend a “Small Farms Produce Safety” listening session at the state agriculture department’s Division of Plant Industry building in Gainesville, Fla.

Federal officials to visit Florida operations