Food Safety


New USDA Ruling Protects Contract Poultry Growers

February 9, 2016

During the peak of the Avian Flu (also known as “bird flu) outbreak in 2015, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) wrote about the problems with USDA rules that placed the burden for certain losses on contract growers, paying indemnities only to the integrators (companies that own but don’t raise the animals). At the time, […]

Direct Marketing and Local Food the Focus of House Agriculture Committee Hearing

February 3, 2016

Farmers, ranchers, and advocates from across the country gathered yesterday, February 2, 2016, to speak with members of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research about their experiences in direct farmer to consumer marketing, farm to institution marketing, and other local food strategies. The subcommittee convened six expert witnesses, with support from […]

New Guidebook Helps Farmers Promote Conservation and Food Safety at the Same Time

January 15, 2016

A brand new handbook by NSAC member organization Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) explains how farmers can implement conservation activities while also complying with new food safety regulations. The guidebook, entitled Co-Managing Farm Stewardship with Food Safety GAPs and Conservation Practices, A Grower and Conservationist’s Guidebook, addresses the misconception that conservation efforts, such as installing buffers […]

Top 15 Wins for Sustainable Agriculture in 2015

December 18, 2015

All that we have to be grateful for in 2015, from promoting conservation to empowering beginning farmers

Massive Year-End Funding Bill A Mixed Bag But Includes Significant Wins for Sustainable Agriculture

December 16, 2015

Final appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2016 will fund programs supporting sustainable agriculture

Understanding FDA’s New FSMA Rule for Produce Farms – Part 2

December 8, 2015

This is the second in a multi-part series analyzing FDA’s recently released rule that sets standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption (aka “the Produce Rule”). The first post addressed those farms that may be fully or partially exempt from the Produce Rule. This post provides an overview of […]

Understanding FDA’s New FSMA Rule for Produce Farms – Part 1

December 2, 2015

First in a multi-part series analyzing FDA’s recently released Produce Rule

The (Un)Coordinated Framework of GE Regulations

November 30, 2015

Those tuned into the biotechnology regulatory landscape will have noticed quite a few changes and announcements from the federal government lately. Several agencies have been asking for public comments, announcing proposed rules, releasing guidance, and taking other actions related to biotechnology, or genetic engineering (“GE”). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health […]

RELEASE: NSAC Comments on Produce Rule

November 13, 2015

FDA released the much-anticipated final rule detailing preventive standards for farms that grow, harvest, pack, or hold covered produce for human consumption.

What to Look for in the FSMA Produce Rule

November 5, 2015

On November 2, FDA announced that the food safety rule governing the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce — as well as rules governing foreign suppliers and third party accreditation – was submitted to the Federal Register for final publication.

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