[Market-farming] FDA rule implementing Food Safety Modernization Act

Vern and Amy vaspencer at sisna.com
Wed Mar 6 10:14:15 EST 2013


Thanks for the explanation, Richard. I also appreciate your "wait and 
see" attitude about jumping into GAPS.

The FDA's proposed rule on requiring GAP-type protocols has a comment 
period that ends soon.

The "Fact Sheet on the FSMA Proposed Rule for Produce: Standards for the 
Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human 
Consumption" can be found at 
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FSMA/ucm334114.htm.

The fact sheet states that farms that produce less than $25,000/year are 
exempt and those that produce up to $500,000 per year in sales have some 
exemptions. The rule also allows the FDA to remove exemptions "if FDA 
determines it is necessary to protect the public health and prevent or 
mitigate an outbreak based on conditions or conduct that create the 
potential for the farm’s produce to cause an outbreak."

Here is a link to the entire proposed rule. 
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2011-N-0921-0001


Vern


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