In the Middle East, GCCA works closely with cold chain companies involved in international trade and provides assistance with best practices that meet international standards. GCCA membership in the Middle East spans 10 countries.


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FDA Extends Comment Period for FSMA Rules

On April 18, 2013, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the comment period for the proposed rules on Preventive Controls and Produce will be extended for an additional 120 days.  The original deadline was May 16, 2013.  It is anticipated that the new deadline will be in September, but a new official date has yet to be released.  FDA had...

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GCCA Joins Groups in Opposition to FDA and FSIS User Fees

President Obama released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 on April 10, 2013.  Obama’s budget proposes new user fees to be collected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) that would impact the cold storage industry.  GCCA is joining like-minded groups in opposition to the proposed fees. The President’s budget for FDA includes the...

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Comparison of SQF Code, Level 2 and FDA Preventive Controls Rule

The SQF Institute recently contracted with Leavitt Partners Global Food Safety Solutions to compare the elements of SQF Level 2 certification (specifically Modules 2 and 11) to the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed Preventive Controls rule. Companies will want to stay abreast of the ongoing rule-making process, the issuance of the final rule, as well as new FDA...

Cold Chain Projects

GCCA Provides Cold Chain Solutions in Uzbekistan
In 2017, GCCA continued its support of cold storage in Uzbekistan, a country that has witnessed substantial growth in refrigerated warehouse capacity from only 258,000 cubic meters in 2010 to 3.5 million cubic meters in 2016. Building off this work, GCCA was invited by the USAID-funded Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs (CTJ) project to provide solutions to enhance the capacity and understanding of the cold chain in Central Asia. To complete this assignment, GCCA Vice President of International Programs Richard Tracy traveled to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan with Technical Experts Dick Dowdell and Brian Fox to meet with cold chain stakeholders, and assess current capacity. The report for the CTJ project is in progress now, but overall, training and education were determined to be the major needs. With the nearby markets of Russia and China importing horticulture produce, Central Asia has great potential to follow the lead of Uzbekistan and increase its capacity to maintain the cold chain.

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