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

NFUF to Aid Local Produce Growers and Processors with FSMA Compliance

August 24, 2016By Andrew JeromeNews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 24, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 24, 2016) – The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is set to have broad impacts on the farming community, and National Farmers Union (NFU) is now positioned to help ensure produce growers and processors with the information and training they need to comply with … Read More

NFU Thanks Hill Leaders for Encouraging Greater FSMA Outreach to Family Farmers

August 25, 2015By Andrew JeromePress Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson thanked U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, and the 12 other members of Congress who sent a letter calling for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement programs … 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