FDA's "revised" Food Safety Regulations are still problematic
FDA has released their long-awaited revised food safety regulations. Their original proposal unfairly targeted small sustainable and organic farms and 22,000 comments with concerns were submitted. FDA revised their regulations and they are better BUT they are still problematic.
FDA's "revised" food safety regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act still need to be improved. Their proposed definition of "farm" excludes many innovative and collaborative entities and defines them as "manufacturing facilities" - which would trigger excessive regulation - costly and unnecessary.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has done a thorough analysis on the revised regulations and is providing easy steps on how to comment. They provide background information, comment templates etc. Wonderful help!
Background: We all want safe food but we also need effective, scale and geographically appropriate rules. WSFFN, in collaboration with the National Sustainable Ag Coalition and Tilth Producers of WA, ran a grassroots campaign in 2013 to help farmers understand the implications of the proposed regulations and encouraged them to submit comments. FDA said they would revise their regulations. Now they have just released the revised draft regulations. The public comment period ends December 15th.
Farmers writing comments on proposed food safety regulations at Tilth Producers Conference in Yakima.