While there will be new requirements regarding a variety of business-related activities, such as record keeping and providing FDA access to more company records than is currently required, the area of traceability is not cut and dried.
âI will be very surprised if they ever get to traceability,â Guenther said. âThere is no requirement (in the FSMA) for a final rule on traceability. It is my view that this will be the last thing they do.â
Guenther and Durkin discussed other details of the law, and their presentations should be available to United Fresh members on the associationâs website within the next two weeks.
In the meantime, both experts suggested that produce industry business people step up and participate in FDAâs process as it works during the next two to three years to meet its obligations under the FSMA.
âYou must participate,â Durkin said. âUnited Fresh will be predicting whatâs coming up next and you need to get involved.
âIndustry groups had a lot of input into the law and it could have been a lot worse. If the House version would have passed it would be a much darker day. It could have been much, much worse.â