New food safety regulations proposed

The FDA has just released the revised proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  This action comes after thousands of people protested the unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations proposed in 2013.  (Read more about the original proposed regulations, including FARFA’s comments to the agency, on our federal local foods page.)

You can read the FDA’s overview of its new proposal here.

The text of the revised proposed rule for on-farm produce safety standards is posted at here, and the text for the revised proposed rule on food processing (HARPC) is posted at here.

FARFA is working on its analysis of the new proposal, and we will post more information soon.  If you are a nonprofit, farmers market, or farmer who would like to be involved in analyzing and responding to the rules, please email

The public comment period will open on September 29, when the proposed rules are officially published in the Federal Register, and will run until December 15.

Please stay tuned for more information!  We got the FDA’s attention with the tidal wave of public comments in the first round, and we need to keep up the pressure in this second round!