Posted on October 4th, 2013. Filed under News.
In 2010, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This new legislation was put in place to update the rules and regulations governing the production and handling of our food supply. To implement FSMA, The FDA has spent the past three years creating a new set of requirements for food facilities—including farms—that handle or process food for human consumption. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and dozens of other food and farm organizations have analyzed the new rules, and have found that they’re way off base.
FDA is proposing standards that undermine sustainable and organic production practices, subject many farms to regulations designed for industrial facilities, and may well prove too costly for farmers to implement and stay in business. The top ten major issues with the rules are:
Given the magnitude of the problems with the rules, NSAC is calling on FDA to issue a new, heavily revised set of proposed rules for both produce farms and preventive controls in facilities. FDA needs to hear your voice too! Take action today to protect your farms and food! NSAC has created the following materials to help you make your voice heard before the deadline of November 15, 2013:
FMC is hosting a FREE webinar at 1:00pm ET on October 17 to explain how the proposed rules will affect farmers markets and direct marketing farmers, as well as how to submit comments to make your voice heard. Market managers, farmers, and customers are encouraged to attend! Register today!
Additionally, NSAC will host a webinar on October 10th for all audiences. They’ll go over the rules more broadly, and provide instruction on how to submit comments. All FMC members are welcome to join either or both webinars. Register for NSAC’s here.
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