Federal Food Safety Background

 
In December 2010, Congress passed a food safety bill that significantly expanded FDA’s authority, including mandatory recall and inspections. But the bill does not ensure that FDA will use its new authority responsibly, nor does it address the revolving door between the agency and industry, epitomized by Michael Taylor’s current position as FDA’s food czar following his work for Monsanto. Most importantly, the Act does not address the underlying causes of most foodborne illness, namely the industrialized agriculture production and processing systems. These fundamental flaws mean that the bill will most likely do very little to actually improve food safety.

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Need Your Input to Address New Food Safety Regulations

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Thank you to everyone who responded to our action alerts on the proposed food safety regulations last year! As a result of the grassroots outcry, the FDA acknowledged that many of the provisions in the proposed regulations were a problem, and the agency plans to issue revised proposed regulations this summer.

The FDA’s admission that the proposed rules need significant changes is a very positive step. But it remains to be seen what the actual changes will be…and whether they will truly fix the problems.

We will send an alert with the details — including how you can speak up for local food producers — as soon as the FDA issues its new proposal.
 

But we want to start preparing now. And if you are a farmer or a food producer, we’re asking for your help!

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FDA Acknowledges Problems with Proposed Food Safety Regulations

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The grassroots outcry against the Food & Drug Administration’s proposed regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act made a difference!

The FDA has announced that it will issue revised proposals on four of the areas that received the most criticism: water quality standards and testing, the standards for using raw manure and compost, provisions governing farms that do value-added products, and due process issues under the Tester-Hagan exemption for small-scale, direct-marketing farms and producers. The FDA plans to issue new proposed rules on these issues in the summer of 2014 and seek a second round of public comments.

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Press Release: Speaking Out Against FDA Proposed Food Safety Regulations

 
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Judith McGeary, 254-697-2661 (office) or 512-484-8821 (cell)
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Farms, Markets, Food Businesses, and Nonprofits Across the Country Speak Out

Against FDA’s Undermining of Congressional Intent in Proposed Food Safety Regulations

AUSTIN, Texas – November 25, 2013 – Almost 300 farms, farmers markets, food businesses, and nonprofit organization submitted a joint letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging significant changes to the agency’s proposed rules regarding the Tester-Hagan exemption under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Joint Comments to FDA on the Produce Standards Rule

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Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)

Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

Re: Produce Standards Rule: FDA-2011-N-0921, and RIN 0910-AG35

Dear FDA:

The undersigned organizations represent farmers, food businesses, and consumers across the United States. We jointly submit these comments on the proposed rule for Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.

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Joint Comments to FDA on the Preventive Controls Rule

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Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

Re: Preventive Controls Rule: FDA-2011-N-0920 and RIN 0910-AG36

Dear FDA:

The undersigned organizations represent farmers, food businesses, and consumers across the United States. We jointly submit these comments on the proposed rule for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (hereinafter, proposed rule for Preventive Controls).

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Joint Letter to FDA on Tester-Hagan Exemption

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Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

November 22, 2013

Re: Preventive Controls Rule: FDA-2011-N-0920 and RIN 0910-AG36
Produce Standards Rule: FDA-2011-N-0921, and RIN 0910-AG35

Dear FDA:

The undersigned 283 organizations, co-ops, farms, farmers’ markets, and food businesses jointly submit these comments on the Tester-Hagan provisions, also referred to as the qualified exemptions, in the proposed rule for Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption and the proposed rule for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food.

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Action Alert: Submit Comments to FDA on Food Safety Rules by Nov. 22

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The FDA’s proposed food safety regulations pose significant problems for sustainable farmers, food producers, and food hubs across the country.

Under the proposed regulations, many farmers will be forced to comply with high-cost, industrial-scale regulations, and they will be unable to use traditional, sustainable growing practices. Food hubs and local food businesses will be forced to deal with costly and burdensome paperwork. Ultimately, consumers will face increased food prices and reduced availability of locally and sustainably produced foods.

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