Washington Winegrowers' Efforts Keep Moving the Needle for Growers on Produce Safety Rule
March 28, 2019
[CASHMERE, WA – March 28, 2019] – In a strong sign of significant movement, the FDA announced yesterday it will use its discretion and not enforce Produce Safety Rule requirements as they apply to growing, harvesting, packing, and holding wine grapes, hops, pulse crops, and almonds. The Washington Winegrowers Association, along with the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) and Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA), have been pushing on this issue since 2013.
While wine grapes are still not on the list of “rarely consumed raw (RCR) produce”, the FDA does not intend to enforce the Produce Safety Rule for wine grapes. Winegrowers will continue to work with Congress and the FDA on a permanent inclusion of wine grapes on the list, but this move by the FDA is a step in the right direction and offers growers greater assurance that the produce safety rule does not apply.