FDA Adds More States to State Cooperative Agreement Program (State CAP)

July 25, 2018By Chelsea MatzenBlog

By Chelsea Matzen,  FSMA Project Director  On July 12, 2018, the FDA announced that it is expanding the State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program for the upcoming fiscal year, bringing the total number of states receiving funding to 46, plus one territory. Added states and territory include: American Samoa, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Also known … Read More

What the Harmonized GAP FSMA Alignment Means for Growers

June 13, 2018By Chelsea MatzenBlog

By Chelsea Matzen, FSMA Project Director On June 5, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and U.S Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a joint effort to simplify produce safety requirements for farmers by aligning the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Audit Program with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) Produce … Read More

Soil Amendments and Produce – What’s Your Risk?

March 23, 2018By Chelsea MatzenBlog

By Hannah Ruth Tabler, NFU Intern Soil amendments are a common way to improve the development of produce. While they may help your plants grow and reduce soil erosion, they can also present a safety risk. By assessing soil amendments and implementing a safety plan, growers can avoid contamination of their produce. The term “soil … Read More

Animals and Produce Safety

February 28, 2018By Chelsea MatzenBlog

  By Hannah Ruth Tabler, NFU Intern Animals are an essential part of many farms; however, gone unchecked they can potentially be a route for produce contamination. The FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has a number of rules, but the Produce Safety Rule directly discusses animals on-farm. It sets forth guidelines for growers … Read More

Is Your Farm Food Safe?

February 21, 2018By Chelsea MatzenBlog

By Sherri Dugger, Indiana Farmers Union Indiana Farmers Union believes in building strong local and regional food systems. These food systems help farmers and food producers maintain strong and transparent relationships with their customers. They also contribute to resilient local economies, to rural development, and environmental sustainability. Did you know, for instance, that research shows … Read More

NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety

June 20, 2017By Chelsea MatzenNews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2017 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1654 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – The Local Food Safety Collaborative, a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) and the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), today launched a nationwide food safety survey. The results will help the organization address the needs of small … Read More

Q&A With an Urban Grower on Food Safety

June 1, 2017By Chelsea MatzenNews

June 1, 2017 By London Muegge, Education Intern Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600 cmatzen@nfudc.org The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011 by President Obama, and is the largest reform to our country’s food safety laws since 1938. Its purpose is to ensure our food supply is safe by putting … Read More

FDA Considering Simplifying Agricultural Water Standards

March 23, 2017By Chelsea MatzenNews

By London Muegge, Education Intern Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600cmatzen@nfudc.org The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering simplifying agricultural water standards under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) due to stakeholder feedback. The feedback included concern that the standards, which include numerical criteria for pre-harvest microbial water quality, would be too difficult to understand and … Read More

Funding Available Through Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

February 27, 2017By Chelsea MatzenNews

February 27, 2017 By London Muegge, Education Intern Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600 cmatzen@nfudc.org The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is currently seeking projects to invest in that will help achieve the goals of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan and contribute to the viability of agriculture in Massachusetts, which could include investing in food, … Read More

How to Work with FDA on Food Guidance Documents

January 31, 2017By Chelsea MatzenNews

How to Work with FDA on Food Guidance Documents By London Muegge, Education Intern Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600cmatzen@nfudc.org January 31, 2017 If you are a food industry association and want to create a guidance document to help your members meet federal standards, what’s the best way to involve the FDA in this effort? The agency … Read More