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Dear Supporter,

We’ve got a big Food Safety Modernization Act update for you today:

Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration formally announced that it will extend the comment period on the two proposed food safety regulations by 120 days.

The deadline has been extended from May 16, 2013, to September 16, 2013.

This is welcome news for farmers and consumers throughout the food system who are in the process of analyzing and preparing comments on the 1,700+ pages of proposed regulations!

The two proposed rules are part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.  They set standards for produce safety and standards for facilities that process food for human consumption.

What happens next?

If you haven’t yet done so, check out NSAC’s new FSMA resource page, 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

Now is the time to start learning about the rules – and to get ready to submit comments to FDA later this year!

Later this week, we’ll be releasing more detailed information on key issues in the rules and tools you can use to help spread the word. We're also regularly adding highlights from FSMA news coverage to the Additional Resources section of our FSMA resource page.

- The NSAC Food Safety Team

Earlier this year, you signed up for food safety email updates from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. We send these out only when there are significant developments or new resources available on the Food Safety Modernization Act. If you would like to contact us with questions, email fsma@sustainableagriculture.net.

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