[Market-farming] Response to FDA's proposed Rules

Steve Gilman stevegilman at verizon.net
Wed Mar 6 12:22:24 EST 2013

Hi All,

The first two proposed rules issued by FDA are some 1700 pages thick. A task force coordinated by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) that worked on getting exemptions in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is now going through the rules line by line. There's a lot of red flags -- and mid-March there will be a launch of national Comment Campaign reaching out to farmers and eaters concerned about impacts on the smaller farm sector and the growth of the food movement. 

This can potentially have a large effect. Please stay tuned -- our concerted responses will be very important. The comment period is scheduled to end May 16th.

Steve Gilman
NOFA Policy Coordinator
On Mar 6, 2013, at 12:01 PM, market-farming-request at lists.ibiblio.org wrote:

> Message: 4
> Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 07:14:15 -0800
> From: Vern and Amy <vaspencer at sisna.com>
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] FDA rule implementing Food Safety
> 	Modernization Act
> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Message-ID: <51375D47.2090606 at sisna.com>
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> 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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