February 11, 2015
On February 10, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public listening session on the recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rule for produce safety (Produce Rule). NSAC presented comments at the session. Background on the Environmental Review Process When FDA originally issued the proposed […]
January 16, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a request for applications (RFA) to establish a National Coordination Center as part of the Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Grants Program. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for […]
December 22, 2014
As 2014 comes to a close, we thought we would take a moment to recognize and celebrate this year’s victories for sustainable food and farming. Among the successes? From new or restored farm bill programs that are up and running, important progress on our campaign priorities, hill visits and hearings, and the release of our […]
November 19, 2014
The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new proposed food safety rules for food facilities apply to those facilities that are required to register with the government. Hence the question of who must register as a food facility with the FDA has been central to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rulemaking process since it began […]
November 12, 2014
Did FDA fix the issues in the re-proposed food safety rules? Or is there more work to be done?
September 23, 2014
On September 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released revised language for two major proposed rules detailing standards for farms that grow fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) and for facilities that process food for people to eat.
September 19, 2014
On Thursday, September 18, the Senate passed a short-term funding extension, known as a “continuing resolution” (CR), to fund the federal government through December 11. The CR extends fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding levels as well as policy provisions known as appropriations “riders.” The House passed this temporary funding measure earlier this week, and the […]
September 5, 2014
Taking a look at Congress’ work over the next few months, here are four appropriations decisions that will have a major impact on farmers, food, and the environment.
May 22, 2014
What’s in the Senate bill for beginning farmers, food safety training, sustainable agriculture research, and rural communities?
May 20, 2014
The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund USDA and FDA programs in 2015