This question has justifiably surfaced, to my knowledge, three times: at the FSMA training (see FSMA article), at the Western Produce Auction annual meeting (in November in S. Iowa) and at the Central Missouri Produce Auction annual meeting (Dec. 2nd). President-elect Trump did campaign on reducing regulations. So the short answer is, no one knows.
There are several reasons to not expect it. They are as follows:
The Packer continues to cover this issue, with two December articles. One concerned the selection of Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, as being positive for growers, given he’s against the EPA extending regulations (agriculture included). Also mentioned was the cabinet level nomination of Tom Price of Georgia, for Department of Health and Human Services, who as a representative voted against FSMA. This cabinet position oversees the FDA.
The short answer… no one knows. Unfortunately, for anyone wanting to wait on this issue, one might not know anything for some time. And then changes could get challenged and complicated. The good news for most growers selling at produce auctions (between $25K & $250K in annual sales), is that they have until January of 2020 to comply. So if one wants to wait and see, one likely has enough time.
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REVISED: January 17, 2017