From the Field: Iowa Farmers Union Hosts FSMA Field Day

August 31, 2018By Laura Funk KopeckyBlog

The sound of insects buzzing filled the air as nearly 20 participants – farmers, Iowa Farmers Union staff, and Iowa State University Extension personnel – crowded curiously around a high tunnel building bursting with the vibrant greens, yellows, and reds of a robust tomato crop. They had gathered for Iowa Farmers Union’s FSMA Field Day, … Read More

Flooding and Food Safety: What to Do When Fields Flood

August 15, 2018By Billy MitchellBlog

Illana Margulis from Levity Farms in Atlanta, Ga., uses her phone’s digital assistant tool to remind her to turn off the farm’s irrigation. Technology can be a useful tool in preventing accidental irrigation pooling. In June, Michelle Danyluk, a professor of food microbiology and safety at the University of Florida, hosted a food safety roundtable … Read More

Georgia Farmers Chat Food Safety

August 6, 2018By Billy MitchellBlog

By Billy Mitchell, FSMA Training Coordinator Billy Mitchell is the FSMA Training Coordinator for National Farmers Union and one of the newest members of the Local Food Safety Collaborative team. As Training Coordinator, Mitchell travels across the country helping farmers and processors learn about FSMA and what they can do to increase food safety on … Read More

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

Vegetable Growers Get Ready to Meet New Food Safety Rule

July 19, 2018By Bailey WebsterBlog

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2018 edition of Organic Broadcaster.  By Bailey Webster If you’re a veggie farmer, you know it’s coming. Whether you’re the proactive type or the bury-your-head-in-the-sand type, the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule is likely to affect you in the near future. The good news … 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

FSMA Exclusions

August 18, 2017By Hannah PackmanBlog

By Barbara Patterson, NFU Director of Government Relations, and Roger Noonan, New England Farmers Union President A few weeks ago, we shared the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Needs Assessment Survey. This week, we will cover another FSMA-related topic: what is excluded or exempt from the Produce Safety Rule, which sets regulatory standards for the … Read More

FDA releases much-anticipated food safety rules

January 9, 2013By Blog

By Mike Stranz, NFU Government Relations Representative It’s been two years since President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – the biggest change to food safety laws in the last seventy years. It wasn’t until last week, however, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two proposed rules that will provide enforcement … Read More