August 3, 2016
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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Releases Special Reports on New Food Safety Rules
Washington, DC, August 2, 2016 – Today the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released its first two “Special Reports” on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new food safety rules for produce farms and food processors under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). NSAC’s new Special Reports feature will be an opportunity for readers to obtain in-depth and comprehensive coverage of salient sustainable agriculture issues and programs.
FSMA was signed into law in January 2011 and authorizes the FDA to establish first-time food safety requirements for farms producing fruits and vegetables, among other requirements for participants across the food supply chain.
In September 2015, FDA finalized the Preventive Controls Rule, which governs food processing operations, and which can include farms depending on the degree of value-added processing they are doing. In November 2015, FDA finalized the Produce Safety Rule, which sets food safety standards for farms to follow in an effort to minimize the risks of microbiological contamination that may occur during the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding fresh produce. These two rules are among seven major rules that span across the supply chain, from farms to transportation to processing to imports.
Not all farms will be subject to the new rules; some will be exempt from all requirements, some may be eligible for modified requirements. To allow readers to quickly find the information most pertinent to their needs, the NSAC reports break information out into three major sections: (1) exempt farms/facilities, (2) qualified exempt farms/facilities, and (3) fully covered farms/facilities. As compliance timelines approach, NSAC hopes these reports provide a valuable resource for farms, food businesses, and the organizations providing education and outreach in this new food safety landscape.
The next NSAC Special Report will focus on conservation compliance, the set of conservation requirements that apply to certain farms that receive federal commodity, crop insurance, or conservation program benefits. It will be published later this year.
About the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is a grassroots alliance that advocates for federal policy reform supporting the long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. Learn more: http://sustainableagriculture.net