The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is, for non-sprout covered produce, extending the compliance date for all of the provisions of Subpart E to four years after the relevant farm’s compliance date for all other provisions of the produce safety regulation (which varies based on establishment size). This means that covered farms producing non-sprout covered produce will have an additional two years to comply with certain agricultural water provisions, compared to the originally-published compliance dates in the produce safety regulation; and an additional four years to comply with the remaining agricultural water provisions, compared to the originally-published compliance dates in the produce safety regulation. The total annualized cost decrease of this final rule, using a 3 (7) percent discount rate over 10 years, will be from approximately $291 ($265) million to $280 ($254) million, resulting in a savings of approximately $12 ($10) million. The total annualized benefits to consumers, discounted at 3 (7) percent over 10 years, will decrease by approximately $104 ($96) million from approximately $800 ($740) billion to $696 ($644) million. All estimates are in 2017 dollars. Using a 3 (7) percent discount rate, the final rule will have negative annualized net benefits of approximately $92 ($86) million.
Regulatory Impact Analysis
Federal Register: 84 FR 9706, March 18, 2019