[permaculture] Fwd: Tell FDA to respect the Tester-Hagan amendment

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Thu May 28 09:05:29 EDT 2015


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Date: Thu, May 28, 2015 at 8:18 AM
Subject: Tell FDA to respect the Tester-Hagan amendment
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   Dear Lawrence,

The FDA is proposing a new regulation that amends the current requirements
for any business that holds, stores, manufactures, or processes food
(termed "food facility") to register each location with the FDA.

The Tester-Hagan amendment to the federal Food Safety Modernization Act
sought to reduce the scope of this pre-existing requirement by exempting
any food business that sells the majority of its food directly to consumers
at locations such as roadside stands and farmers markets. The amendment
directed FDA to develop a list of other direct-to-consumer venues that
would be considered, and the agency has developed a rather comprehensive
list.  But the FDA's proposed rule only exempts farms selling at such
direct-to-consumer locations  -- leaving many small artisan food producers
subject to unnecessary regulation.

In addition, for those businesses that must register, the proposed rule
requires electronic registration and a contact email address.  The proposed
rule also requires that every food business also register with Dun &
Bradstreet's system to get a universal number, which is then also filed
with the FDA.  These new requirements will burden small food businesses
whose owners do not have convenient internet access or use email regularly,
whether for religious or practical reasons.

The FDA is accepting public comments on the proposed rule - please support
local food producers by speaking up now!

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Deadline: June 8, 2015



ONLINE: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2002-N-0323-0168



BY MAIL:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)

Food and Drug Administration

5630 Fishers Lane

Rm.1061

Rockville, MD 20852



*Be sure to include "Docket No. FDA-2002-N-0323" on the top of your
comments if you mail them*



Below is a sample letter that you can use.  Please take a moment to
personalize it, to have the greatest impact!

*SAMPLE LETTER*



I am a ____________* (farmer, food manufacturer, local foods consumer
....).*



I support the list of direct-to-consumer venues in section
1.227(b)(11)(iii), as including door-to-door sales, mail, catalog and
internet orders, nonprofit events, and fairs.



I urge the FDA to make the following changes to its proposed rule for
facility registration:

1)      Comply with the Tester-Hagan language of FSMA, and exempt all
facilities that sell more than half of their products directly to consumers
at roadside stands, farmers' markets, and similar locations. The exemption
should not be limited to facilities that are located on farms.

2)      Similarly, the definition of roadside stands should not be limited
to farmers, and the definition of farmers' market should recognize that
food vendors besides farmers may also sell at such markets. I agree that
the majority of the vendors at a market should be farmers for it to be
classified as a "farmers market," but artisan food providers have an
important role in these markets as well.

3)      Clarify the process for getting a waiver from registering
electronically. The regulation should specifically recognize religious
objections and lack of reasonable access to the internet as reasons to
grant a waiver, in addition to such other issues as may be raised by
applicants.

4)      Provide an exemption for those who do not have email addresses as a
regular contact.

5)      Eliminate the requirement for a D-U-N-S number or make it optional
information to be submitted if the location already has a D-U-N-S number.
It does not make sense to require a small business to register with Dun &
Bradstreet for the sole reason of then also registering with the FDA.





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[State]



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