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United Fresh has teamed up with the International Association for Food Protection and the Institute of Food Technologists to produce two webinars providing details about the FDA's proposed Produce Rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

The webinars will offer insights and analysis of the draft FSMA rule from FDA, university experts, and United Fresh food-safety leaders and legal counsel.

The first webinar, titled FDA's Proposed FSMA Produce Rule Webinar: Learn from the Experts, held in partnership with the IAFP, is free of charge and will take place Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. It will cover the proposed produce rule and featured speakers are James Gorny, senior adviser for the FDA's Office of Food Safety, and David Durkin, legal counsel, OFW Law.

The session will be moderated by David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology at United Fresh, and Kali Kniel of the University of Delaware and vice chair of the IAFP Fruit & Vegetable Safety and Quality Professional Development Group.

The second webinar, Produce Safety Standards: FDA and Industry Expert Insights Webinar, will be held in partnership with the IFT and will cover the proposed produce rule. It will be held Feb. 11 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST and will cover the content of the Produce Rule and what implications may exist for companies. The webinar will conclude with a live Q&A session.

Featured speakers will be Samir Assar, director, produce safety staff at FDA's CFSAN; James Gorny, senior adviser of FDA's Office of Food Safety; and David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology at United Fresh.

The Feb. 7 webinar is free, and the Feb. 11 webinar costs $49.

The webinars complement the work being done by United's Produce Rule and Preventive Control Rule working groups, comprised of experts and industry leaders, to lead a series of meetings and webinars on the proposed Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules.

Both working groups held a teleconference recently to begin the deliberative process to review the proposed rules and laid the groundwork for moving forward.

The working groups are comprised of United's volunteer leaders, representing a broad spectrum and expertise of the produce industry to ensure the input of the entire fresh produce supply chain is reflected in the final rules.

"The Produce Safety and Preventive Controls working groups are critical to driving this review forward," Dr. Gombas said in a press release. "The United members leading this effort have already made important recommendations about the proposed rules. Comments generated by the working groups and the broader membership at our meetings will be compiled and approved by United's board of directors before being submitted to FDA."

More information about the webinars is available on the United Fresh FSMA page,