Comments from Sustainable Agriculture Needed
September 19, 2014
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued revised proposed regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the agency is inviting a new round of public comments on the changes. Public comments are due Dec. 15, 2014. Learn More
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law in 2011, and authorizes new regulations for farmers who grow fresh produce and for certain facilities that process fresh produce for people to eat. Once Congress passes a bill, it is sent to the federal agency that will be in charge of implementing it; in this case, that is the FDA. The FDA is currently in what is known as the rulemaking stage, meaning they are turning the bill passed by Congress into actual rules and regulations. In 2013, the agency published its proposed regulations for:
These new rules under FSMA would have had devastating impacts on sustainable and organic food production in the US. Learn More
Background Information on CFSA’s Fight for Food Safety
At the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, we believe that local and regional food networks do the best job of protecting your family’s health and safety because they deliver fresher, more nutritious foods. That’s why it’s so important that we protect our small and organic food producers from being crushed by regulations meant for industrial farms and factories.
Making ‘Food Safety’ Safe for Small Farms and Local Food
In 2011, CFSA helped lead the successful effort to protect small farms and businesses serving local food markets from new federal authority under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA gives the US Food and Drug Administration new powers to dictate farming practices for fresh produce, and to put a wide range of food-making businesses out of business. But the legislation was just the first step.
In 2013, the FDA published proposed rules for implementing FSMA. These rules were badly flawed and threatened to put many small, sustainable farmers out of business. CFSA and our allies rallied farmers, entrepreneurs and consumers nation-wide to protest these bad proposals. In another huge victory for our movement, FDA went back to the drawing books. Now, FDA has issued revised proposed regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the agency is inviting a new round of public comments on the changes. And we must once again make sure that the FDA honors the protections Congress provided for healthy local foods. Learn More