Come learn about how the regulations for the Food Safety Modernization Act might affect you, and share your concerns with the FDA!
After significant effort on the part of the federal delegates and Agencies of Agriculture for the 6 New England states, the FDA has agreed to come to New England to conduct listening sessions. Produce growers and farms that minimally process food items or aggregate the produce of other farms can learn more about the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed food safety rules, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the Produce Safety and Preventive Control Rules during the session.
RESOURCES WITH TALKING POINTS and to help you learn about how FSMA might impact small-scale and diversified farms are available at:
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (extensive background and talking points)
New England Farmers Union (slightly shorter)
The Produce Safety Alliance has good general information on produce safety and the FSMA and, they have hosted recorded Question and Answer sessions with the FDA on specific items of concern.
If you don't want to read through all these, download the sessions and listen while working.
The NHVBGA has created a website for growers to discuss FSMA.
The Summer 2013 issue of the Natural Farmer is devoted to FSMA and has a number of excellent articles and talking points (must be ordered on-line).
The FDA has new website on FSMA and are constantly adding new resources.
Submit your comments to the FDA. Quantity Counts! The more individual smaller-scale farmers they hear from, the better. To submit comments:
- Grow Organic Food
- Market Organic Food
- Find Organic Food