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FDA to Issue Two Revised FSMA Rules Next Summer

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will propose revised rule language and open another comment period on two of the proposed rules affecting farmers under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA plans to issue revised language for the proposed rules on produce safety and preventive controls for human food by early… Continue Reading

Understanding Small Farm Exemptions Under FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule

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With the comment period finally closed on the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one step closer to implementing FSMA. FDA must now review the comments as it considers final changes to the proposed rule, which sets standards for the safe production and harvesting of… Continue Reading

Proposed Rule for Food Processors Alarms Some, Confuses Many

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“Coming down like a ton of bricks.” “Complicated and interwoven.” “Costly.” “The end of many small- and mid-size farms and food processors.” “Never heard of it.” “A work in progress.” When asked about FDA’s new proposed rule for food processing facilities, that’s how a sustainable-agriculture advocate, a food-safety expert for a large fresh produce association,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Cucumbers, Salmonella and Budget Cuts

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that a multi-state Salmonella outbreak was likely caused by the consumption of cucumbers imported from Mexico.  The announcement came one day after USA Today reporter Liz Szabo reported that the FDA would be conducting 18 percent fewer food inspections this year due to a loss… Continue Reading

FDA to Extend Comment Deadline for Produce Safety Rule

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Responding to multiple stakeholder requests, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to extend the comment period on the produce safety rule beyond May 16, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said on Thursday. “We appreciate that these are complex rules to go through and we do intend to extend the comment period so we can… Continue Reading

FDA’s Senior Food Safety Adviser Leaving for Produce Marketing Association

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Jim Gorny, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s senior adviser on produce safety at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, has been named vice president of food safety and technology at the Produce Marketing Association, the group announced on Tuesday. Gorny, who begins his new role at PMA on May 1, has been… Continue Reading

FDA Considering Extension of FSMA Produce Safety Comment Deadline

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering extending the May 16 comment deadline on the produce safety rule in response to multiple requests by stakeholders, an agency official said Monday. “That’s seriously being considered,” said James Gorny, the agency’s Senior Adviser for Produce Safety, when asked about the possibility of an extension during a… Continue Reading

Farmers Market Vendors, Managers Get Up To Speed on Food Safety ABCs

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No one wants customers to get sick. That was the message that University of Vermont Extension food safety specialist Londa Nwadike used to start off her recent webinar presentation about food safety tips for farmers market vendors and managers. With an eye toward the benefits of following good food safety protocol at markets, Nwadike was quick… Continue Reading

United Fresh Asks FDA to Extend Comment Period for FSMA Feedback

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United Fresh announced this week the association has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the comment period on certain provisions in the proposed Produce and Preventive Controls Rules, the drafts of which were released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for comment last month. Several provisions currently… Continue Reading