On Nov. 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a two-hour webinar with American Indian tribes to discuss FDA’s proposed rules on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). During the webinar, FDA emphasized that it will work with tribes to implement FSMA regulations. However, tribes remain concerned and frustrated with FDA’s failure to... Continue Reading
MODESTO, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration has proposed exempting a handful of produce items typically not consumed raw from the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Those interested in commenting on two parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – the foreign supplier verification program for importers and the accreditation of third-party auditors rule – will now have an additional two months to make their voices heard. Comments on the two proposed rules will now be accepted through Jan. 27,... Continue Reading
The proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations have sparked debates about the costs of compliance and other impacts on small- to medium-sized producers. But American Indian tribes face notably unique challenges under the new rules. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a two-hour webinar to consult with tribes on FSMA. In... Continue Reading
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new regulations meant to help ensure that animal feed is free from contaminants. The action comes under the Food Safety Modernization Act, which aims to protect the public health by helping to ensure the safety and security of the human and animal food supply.
National Farmers Union (NFU) president Roger Johnson submitted comments regarding concerns with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA also announced yesterday that it has extended the comment period to Nov. 22.
The comment period for an environmental analysis of the Food Safety Modernization Act has been extended.
The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) has submitted its official comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act’s proposed Produce Safety Rule. The comments focus on a number of suggestions to strengthen the proposed rule, but the most important comment offered by the LGMA presents the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with a solution that... Continue Reading
Stakeholders hoping to submit their comments on two Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed rules have been frustrated to find interrupted access to Regulations.gov, the portal for commenting on pending rules from various federal agencies. Visitors to the site on Nov. 4-6 and Nov. 11 were met with a confusing message stating, “We are currently... Continue Reading
The deadline for comments on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Produce Safety Rule is Nov. 15, 2013. This was probably supposed to be the easiest and most straightforward of the rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). It may be that FDA fell into the trap of a well-worn groove in designing... Continue Reading
Since the potato is rarely consumed raw, it is expected to be excluded from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s forthcoming produce rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act. In the meantime, spud growers, shippers and packers now have a guide to best practices to help keep their commodity in the low-risk food-safety category. The... Continue Reading
In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted the latest batch of Office of Management and Budget revisions on proposed Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. Consumer advocates were not pleased with what they saw. Show More Summary
As we warned at the time: Food Safety Modernization Act shaping up as severe burden for many small, local and artisanal producers [Tom Philpott, Mother Jones via Tim Carney, Dave Runsten and Brian Snyder, CivilEats] Bloomberg’s City Hall wants to keep secret the inputs to its food-scold policies. Show More Summary
While granted a two-week extension because of the government shutdown in October, the Food Safety Modernization Act must still meet court-imposed deadlines.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has until Dec. 20 to issue a draft of its proposed intentional adulteration rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety, which sued the FDA after... Continue Reading
The FDA is accepting public comments through November 15th on a draft set of regulations based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Shining a spotlight on food safety is a great idea and something that consumer advocates have been working toward for a long time. Show More Summary
A group of concerned farm-lovers is getting together tonight to learn, write letters and discuss the impact of the new regulations on small farmers. [ more › ]
NEW ORLEANS — While much work has been made on the Food Safety Modernization Act, a growing number of produce groups are urging a delay and second comment period when the current one ends in a few weeks.
The latest proposed rule issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is meant to improve the safety of animal food. Under the regulation, facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold animal feed and pet food would be required to develop and implement a formal plan for identifying... Continue Reading
Members of a food-safety coalition are gunning for two amendments to the Farm Bill they say would delay implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) and impede a state’s ability to protect its citizens from foodborne illness. Eight consumer groups comprising the Make Our Food Safe Coalition and the Safe Food Coalition sent a... Continue Reading