January 28, 2014  -  Despite extensive discussions between FDA and produce growers, dealers, and retailers, Section 12311 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 ("Farm Bill") does not appear to require any significant changes by FDA. A caveat is that the text posted below is, of course, provisional as of January 27. Rather, the intent of Congress is simply that FDA be "flexible" with respect to regional differences in cultural practices and to the varying size of business entities in the supply-chain.

We post the text of Section 12311 below as it appears on pages 914-916 of the Bill (as of 1/27/14).