Food Safety

Take Action: Local and Regional Food at Risk

December 8, 2010

Action Alert December 8, 2010 Local and Regional Food at Risk Call Your Representative Food Safety Legislation passed by the Senate and to be considered by the House as early as this week is in trouble.  Big Ag is out in force, lobbying House members to ditch provisions that are friendly to small and mid-size […]

Senate Passes Food Safety Modernization Act

November 30, 2010

Friday Update to this story: Once the Senate-passed bill reached the House this week, a new problem emerged.  The House claimed its right to be the originator of all bills with revenue provisions (in this case user fees that food companies would pay to help offset the costs of food recalls).  Instead of simply passing […]

Pollan, Schlosser, McReynolds Weigh in on Food Safety Bill

November 29, 2010

The Senate tentatively expects to begin voting on the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) tonight (Nov. 29), around 6:30pm EST and conclude the voting on November 30.   NSAC’s letter to the Senate in support of the measure can be read here.  If you haven’t already called your Senators to voice your support for the […]

Defend Farm Value-Added / Local and Regional Food

November 29, 2010

Food Safety Action Alert Call Your Senators Today To Defend Family Farm Value Added – Processing and Local and Regional Food Systems Debate and voting on The Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) is set to begin on the Senate floor TODAY! The bill takes important steps to improve food safety rules that affect large […]

Food Safety Update: Final Senate Action Set for Right After Thanksgiving

November 19, 2010

Late Wednesday, November 17, a deal was reached on a revised version of the Tester-Hagan small farm amendment to S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The revised amendment, which NSAC helped broker, was then placed into a revised version of the Manager’s amendment to the bill.  The Manager’s amendment also includes several other NSAC-backed […]

Senate Food Safety Bill Chugs Forward

November 17, 2010

Today, November 17, the Senate voted 74 to 25 to invoke cloture on the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510), bypassing Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) threatened filibuster to bring the bill to the floor for limited debate. The wide margin of passage for the cloture motion suggests that the next vote – on the motion to […]

New Publication: A Sustainable Agriculture Perspective on Food Safety

November 11, 2010

On Thursday, November 11, the NSAC Food Safety Task Force released a new paper, “A Sustainable Agriculture Perspective on Food Safety,” in anticipation of the upcoming debate and vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) when Congress returns next week and looking ahead to more food safety rules and activities at USDA and FDA […]

USDA, FDA, and Cornell University Form Produce Safety Alliance

November 5, 2010

On Thursday, November 4, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA/AMS), and Cornell University announced the creation of a public-private organization, the Produce Safety Alliance, which will provide produce growers and packagers with on-farm food safety knowledge and develop an information bank of up-to-date scientific and technical information related to on-farm […]

USDA Announces 2010 Specialty Crop Research Grants

October 25, 2010

Today, October 25, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the 28 recipients of 2010 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grants. The SCRI, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), was established in the 2008 Farm Bill to support the specialty crop industry through research and extension activities.  Specialty crops are defined as […]

Consumer Groups Get it Wrong on Tester

October 20, 2010

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, representing 40 grassroots family farm, food, rural, and conservation organizations from all regions of the country, today responded critically to a letter and analysis sent to the United States Senate by a coalition of 9 national consumer organizations opposing an amendment to be offered by Senators Jon Tester and Kay Hagan to S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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