Proposed marketing agreement for green leafy vegetables terminated by USDA
A marketing agreement to provide regulation for handling of fresh leafy green vegetables like cabbage, lettuce and spinach was proposed in the United States. This agreement has been elected to terminate by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).According to the USDA, the food safety produce rules proposed by the USFDA can affect the material aspects of marketing agreement of USDA. In the notice issued by USDA that terminated the proposal, it explained that this ongoing rulemaking can affect the fundamental aspects of proposed marketing agreement program for green leafy vegetables.
The proposed rules by USFDA included standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding the produce for human consumption. It also included current good manufacturing practice, hazard analysis and risk based preventative controls for human food. The marketing agreement would have authorized handling regulations or audit metrics that meet Good Agricultural Practices, Good Handling Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices laid by FDA.