Earlier this year, you signed up for food safety email updates from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Things are now in motion on the food safety front here, and we wanted you to be among the first to know.
In January, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed new regulations detailing standards for food safety practices on produce farms and in facilities that process food for people to eat. These rules represent some big changes to our food system – and it is extremely important that FDA get these regulations right.
FDA is seeking public comments on these proposed rules by May 16. The next month represents a critical opportunity to weigh in to ensure that these rules both improve food safety and work for sustainable and organic farmers, support good conservation practices, and allow value-added food businesses to grow and thrive!
This week we launched a new section on the NSAC website intended to help farmers, on-farm processors, and consumers learn more about the proposed rules and to get engaged by spreading the word and submitting public comments to FDA!
Check it out here: http://sustainableagriculture.net/fsma
Do you operate a food or farm business?
If you operate a business that grows and sells fresh produce – and/or manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food – your business will likely be affected by these proposed rules. Some businesses may not be affected at all, some may be affected by one rule, and some may be affected by both rules.
Are you a concerned citizen?
These rules do not affect food grown for personal consumption – so they will not impact home gardeners. However, these rules could, over the long term, affect the kind of food you are able to find and purchase in your community. The proposed rules could also impact the cost of purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables.
What happens next?
Now is the time to start learning about the rules – and to get ready to submit comments to FDA! The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, along with its member organizations from across the country, has been hard at work analyzing these proposed rules. In the weeks to come, we’ll be releasing more detailed information on key issues in the rules, materials and tools you can use to help spread the word, and highlights from press and social media on food safety.
In the meantime –
Look for more information soon -
The NSAC Food Safety Team
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition