Food Safety Modernization Act Round 2:
Stand Up Today for Food and Farms!

NOTE: THE COMMENT PERIOD FOR FSMA HAS CLOSED AS OF DECEMBER 15, 2014. Stay tuned for more opportunities to take action!

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revised several key parts of what are known as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, and they’re asking for feedback from farmers and consumers before the rules are finalized. We have the chance to fix FSMA so that the rules support a healthier and more just, sustainable food system.

FDA: LET A FARM BE A FARM.

Farms innovate.  Don’t let the rules squash local food by unfairly burdening family farmers who are scaling up, growing their businesses, and improving healthy food access through innovations like working together to wash and pack produce for local schools.  The rules need to ensure that local food and farms can grow and thrive.

Farms work with nature.  Don’t let the rules undermine sustainability by making it harder for farmers to protect wildlife and manage their soil and water using organic and sustainable methods.  The rules need to allow farmers to use sustainable farming practices.

Farms deserve fair treatment.  Don’t let the rules raise costs for farmers, food businesses, and consumers by imposing unclear, inconsistent, and unfair rules designed for industrial facilities, not family farms and food businesses. The rules need to provide options that treat family farms fairly without unnecessary, excessive costs.

Are you a farmer or food processor? Start here.

Are you a concerned consumer? Start here.

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FSMA Action for Consumers


Everyone has a role in ensuring our nation’s food is safe – from the farmers who grow it to the folks who take it home and prepare it. But unless we act now, these new rules will have a devastating impact on the farmers and businesses responsible for putting fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods on America’s dinner plates – which, in turn, affects our health and well being.

Want to learn more about what FSMA is all about? Check out our overview here. Ready to take action? Scroll down...


Take Action


NOTE: THE COMMENT PERIOD FOR FSMA HAS CLOSED AS OF DECEMBER 15, 2014. Stay tuned for more opportunities to take action!

FDA is seeking comments from the public - that's you! The #1 most important thing you can do to help fix FSMA is take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to submit a comment to FDA either online or through the mail. Use the sample comment below to get started! It is important to personalize your comment – FDA will read every single submission, and unique comments have the most impact.

Submit (or postmark) your comment by December 15, 2014!

Step 1 – Customize the comment below for yourself! It will take just a few minutes. You can copy and paste the text below or download it as a Word file.

Step 2 – Submit your comment in TWO places – to the Produce Rule (http://bit.ly/fsma-pr2) and to the Preventive Controls Rule (http://bit.ly/fsma-pcr2). This is important because these issues affect both rules. You can get extra help with instructions for using regulations.gov and for mailing a comment here.

Step 3 – After you've submitted your comments - or if you don't have time to tackle them right now - take a stand publicly and sign our FSMA petition! Then use the social media tools below to help spread the word!

Sample Comment for Consumers

[DOWNLOAD THE FULL COMMENT TEMPLATE AS A WORD DOCUMENT HERE]

Re: Preventive Controls Rule: FDA-2011-N-0920, Produce Standards Rule: FDA-2011-N-0921

I am a [concerned consumer, parent, entrepreneur, etc] and I am concerned about the impact that FDA’s proposed FSMA rules will have on [the farms that I buy food from, my business, my family’s ability to find local food, the environment].  I ask you to let a family farm be a farm – and to treat it like one, not like an industrial factory or corporate mega-farm!

[Customize your comment: I value safe food and family farms and want to be able to [choose food for my family based on sustainability / support my local economy / purchase local, sustainable, and organic food]. 

I buy my food at [tell FDA a bit more about where you buy most of your food – grocery store? Farmers market?] and I want to continue to be able to find the food I prefer there.  These rules can’t be so expensive that they put farmers out of business, nor should family farmers be subject to rules intended for massive corporate businesses.

Please modify the proposed FSMA rules to reflect the realities of sustainable farming:

Thank you for your consideration,

[Full name, city and state, email address]

Remember –

You’ll need to submit this online twice to the Produce Rule (http://bit.ly/fsma-pr2) and to the Preventive Controls Rule (http://bit.ly/fsma-pcr2) or mail in a single hard copy to Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. You can copy and paste the text above to get started or download this Word version!


Spread the Word


Help us spread the word and #fixFSMA! Click the buttons below for sample Facebook and Twitter posts - and check out NSAC's Facebook page and Twitter feed for more news and opportunities to spread the word. Get more ideas for spreading the word - from hosting a comment potluck to sharing news with your CSA members to speaking out in the media - here.

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FSMA Action for Farmers and Processors


Get Informed


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has, for the second time, proposed new rules that will have a huge impact on how food – especially fresh fruits and vegetables – is grown and processed in the US.  This is a big deal for farmers and eaters! Everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork – but FDA’s new proposed rules, though a significant improvement on their first attempt, still unfairly burden family farmers, undermine sustainability, and could reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities. 

If you grow fresh fruits or vegetables - or pack, process, store, or manufacture food for people - these rules may impact your business. Some businesses may not be affected at all, some may be affected by one rule, and some may be affected by both rules. Everyone still can and should comment!


Take Action


NOTE: THE COMMENT PERIOD FOR FSMA HAS CLOSED AS OF DECEMBER 15, 2014. Stay tuned for more opportunities to take action!

FDA is seeking comments from the public - and farmers and local food businesses have the most at stake. The #1 most important thing you can do to help fix FSMA is take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to submit a comment to FDA either online or through the mail. Use the sample comment below to get started! It is important to personalize your comment – FDA will read every single submission, and unique comments have the most impact.

Submit (or postmark) your comment by December 15, 2014!

Step 1 Get informed and determine how you may be affected by the rules – some farmers and processors may be eligible for exemptions or modified requirements, but even if so, the rules could still impact you! 

Step 2Customize the comment below for yourself! There are guiding questions to help you tell your story effectively to FDA. Remember that there is more detailed information online about each of the 10 issues here. You can pick and choose – feel free to include in your comment letter whichever issues below are most important to you – all ten or just a few. 

Step 3 – Submit your comment in TWO places – to the Produce Rule (http://bit.ly/fsma-pr2) and to the Preventive Controls Rule (http://bit.ly/fsma-pcr2). This is important because these issues affect both rules. You can get extra help with instructions for using regulations.gov and for mailing a comment here.

Step 4Take a stand publicly and sign our FSMA petition! Then use the social media tools below to help spread the word!


Sample Comment for Farmers

[DOWNLOAD THE FULL COMMENT TEMPLATE AS A WORD DOCUMENT HERE]

Re: Preventive Controls Rule: FDA-2011-N-0920, Produce Standards Rule: FDA-2011-N-0921

I am a ____ [farmer, entrepreneur, processor…].

[Customize your comment with your story: What is the name and location of your farm? What do you grow? How long have you been in operation? Where do you sell your products and how do you already ensure their safety?]

I am writing because I am concerned about the impact that FDA’s re-proposed FSMA rules will have on [my farm / business operation, the practices I use on my farm, other farmers in my community, the farms that I buy food from, etc… If you commented on the first draft, say so!]. I ask you to ensure that new regulations do not put safe farms out of business, harm farmers’ soil, water, and wildlife conservation efforts, or shut down the growth of local and regional healthy food systems!

Thank you for providing farmers, food businesses, and the public with another opportunity to comment on the proposed rules.  I am specifically concerned about the following issues:

[DOWNLOAD THE FULL COMMENT TEMPLATE FOR A LIST OF ISSUES, GUIDING QUESTIONS, and SUGGESTED RECOMMENDATIONS TO FDA.]


Spread the Word


Help us spread the word and #fixFSMA! Click the buttons below for sample Facebook and Twitter posts - and check out NSAC's Facebook page and Twitter feed for more news and opportunities to spread the word. Get more ideas for spreading the word - from hosting a comment potluck to sharing news with your CSA members to speaking out in the media - here.

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