FSMA Readiness: Produce Safety Risks from Parasites

October 16, 2018By Jake StukenbergBlog

After discussion of bacteria and viruses we’ll be wrapping up the types of biological hazards that the FSMA Produce Safety Rule covers today. The third type of pathogen that the Produce Safety Rule aims to reduce is parasites. Parasites are protozoa or intestinal worms that can only multiply in a host animal or human. To … Read More

FSMA Readiness: Produce Safety Risks from Viruses

October 9, 2018By Jake StukenbergBlog

When it comes to produce safety, much of the risk is caused by things a grower could never see with the naked eye. Last week we talked about the risks bacteria pose to produce and strategies to reduce the risks associated with them. This week we’re moving on to another hard to see and common … Read More

FSMA Readiness: Produce Safety Risks from Bacteria

October 2, 2018By Jake StukenbergBlog

As we mentioned last week, produce safety risks can come in many different forms on a farm. Farmers must be aware of these risks and work hard to minimize them. With knowledge, education, and action, a farmer can take easy steps to reduce risk on their operation. This week, we will discuss one of the … Read More

FSMA Readiness: What are Produce Safety Risks?

September 26, 2018By Jake StukenbergBlog

Regardless of a farm’s size or scale, food safety is a priority on every operation. All farmers have an obligation to provide the safest product possible, and while many may think their current practices are sufficient in preventing foodborne illness, there is always new information or research being done. The recent Food Safety Modernization Act … Read More

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

Food Safety Education

August 2, 2017By Hannah PackmanNews

By Barbara Patterson, NFU Director of Government Relations  Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2010. It will require many producers to comply with new regulations if they grow food for human or animal consumption. The regulations are intended to protect consumers from food-borne illness. Many producers who will be regulated by FSMA … 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

NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety

June 20, 2017By Andrew JeromePress Releases

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

FDA to Extend Compliance Dates for Agricultural Water Standards

June 9, 2017By alexisdunnumNews

June 9, 2017 By Skylar Schneider, Executive Assistant Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600 cmatzen@nfudc.org This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will be extending the compliance dates for agricultural water requirements established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) produce safety rule (PSR). This extension does not include sprouts, however. The agricultural … 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

NIFA Announces $4.8 Million in Available Funding for Food Safety Projects

April 27, 2017By alexisdunnumNews

April 27, 2017 By Skylar Schneider, Executive Assistant Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600 cmatzen@nfudc.org This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $4.8 million in available funding through the Food Safety Outreach Program. Per NIFA, the purpose of this funding is to “develop and implement food safety training, … Read More

Update on the State Produce Implementation CAP

April 25, 2017By alexisdunnumNews

April 25, 2017 By Skylar Schneider, Executive Assistant Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600 cmatzen@nfudc.org In September 2016, 42 states received federal funding through the State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) to be used for development of produce safety programs that provide education, technical assistance, inspection, compliance, and oversight regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). … Read More

FDA Posts Answers to FSMA-Related Questions

April 18, 2017By alexisdunnumNews

April 18, 2017 By Skylar Schneider, Executive Assistant Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600 cmatzen@nfudc.org The Food Safety Modernization Act, also known as FSMA, may at times feel cumbersome or confusing. To make it simpler, the FDA developed the Technical Assistance Network (TAN), a central area for questions related to FSMA. TAN recently shared a list of … 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