Florida tomatoes: USDA proposes handling changes- FreshFruitPortal.com

USDA proposes changes in handling requirements for Florida tomatoes

The USDA is proposing changes to the handling requirements under the federal marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida.

The Florida Tomato Committee recommended the changes to bring previously exempt Roma tomatoes under the marketing order’s handling regulations.

The committee also recommended developing exemption language for greenhouse and hydroponic tomatoes by establishing a new definition for “controlled environment”. Changes to pack and container requirements are also proposed to reflect current industry practices.

The USDA's proposed rule for this action was published in the Federal Register June 9, 2020. Written comments are due by July 9, 2020.

Submit formal written comments concerning the proposed change at www.regulations.gov. All comments to this proposed rule submitted by the deadline will be made available for public review and will be considered before a final rule is published.

More information about the marketing order is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) 966 Florida Tomatoes webpage, the AMS Marketing Orders and Agreements webpage or by contacting the Marketing Order and Agreement Division at (202) 720-2491.