Comment Now on FDA’s New Food Safety Rules
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From the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA):
In September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several reproposed sections of food safety regulations originally proposed in January 2013:
- Standards for produce production (Produce Rule)
- Food safety measures for facilities that process food for human consumption (Preventive Controls Rule)
These rules are part of FDA’s implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in 2011.
Last year, tens of thousands of farmers, eaters, and experts weighed in with comments to the FDA to let them know that the originally proposed rules would unfairly burden family farmers, target sustainable and organic farming, and reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities. In late 2013, the FDA announced they would repropose parts of the Produce and Preventive Controls rules; these reproposed sections are FDA’s ‘second draft’ for public review; the rules are not yet final. Our shared efforts made an impact last year – and we have a second opportunity to shape the rules before they become law this fall!
Current Situation: the FDA Needs to Hear from You!
Before FDA can finalize the proposed rules, the agency needs to seek input from the public. Comments from consumers, farmers, on-farm processors and food businesses will directly shape the final rules and are critical to ensuring that the final rules work for small and mid-sized farmers, sustainable and organic growers, value-added businesses and conservation systems.
Visit the CFSA website for details on how to provide input as well as sample comments that you can customize to fit your situation.
The deadline for public comments is December 15, 2014 so make your voices heard before then!