Borton Fruit’s Jeremy Leavitt joins USApple Executive Food Safety Committee

Yakima, WA – Borton Fruit’s Food Safety and Compliance Director, Jeremy Leavitt, has joined the USApple Executive Food Safety Committee to discuss water testing regulations with the FDA on the industries behalf. Jeremy has been a very large asset to our company, leading our Food Safety team with the highest standards and making us a leader in the industry.

Jeremy, along with Lee Showalter of Rice Fruit Company and Scott McQuiston of Dawson’s Orchards, joined the President of USApple Jim Bair and the Director of Regulatory and Industry Affairs Mark Seetin for a meeting with senior FDA officials on December 16th. The FDA officials, who specialize in the Produce Rule, are responsible for implementing the new rules developed as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in Washington DC. “I was very honored and excited to represent our industry and it’s growers in front of the FDA.  I felt like the meeting was well designed and a very open and honest discourse between the FDA and industry experts.  The FDA had a lot of questions for us, and this platform allowed us to have a voice and be heard, which doesn’t happen every day,” Jeremy said.

The primary focus of the meeting was to discuss the FDA’s proposed methods for testing irrigation water sources under the new FSMA guidelines.   “The overwhelming theme of our visit was flexibility” Jeremy said. “We want the FDA to understand our current practices and procedures, so that we can work together to design flexible systems that can be adapted to different regions and commodities.”

The timeliness of the meeting was crucial because the FDA is in the process of developing Guidance Documents that will help the industry know what is going to be expected under the new rules.



Posted December 27, 2016

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