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Virginia Senate prefers state, not FDA, to inspect produce farms

If your business was subject to an unannounced, warrantless inspection, would you rather it be state or federal officials knocking on your door? That very question is being raised in Virginia for about 400 farms that produce more than $25,000 in annual income from fresh fruits and vegetables. Those farms are subject to the rules and regulations of the… Continue Reading

Montana’s Jon Tester Puts Some Meat on His Plate

To his potatoes, Jon Tester has added some meat. The junior senator from Montana chose to share his thoughts on most of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s current meat and poultry agenda in a letter released on the eve of the announcement that the under secretary for food safety is leaving. Sen. Tester in 2010… Continue Reading

Food Maker Registration Under FSMA Including Farms Begins Oct. 1

All domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. must register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Registering any time between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 will keep food companies in compliance with… Continue Reading

Powerful Coalition Gains Exemption for Small Farmers

Russell Libby and Brian Snyder walked out of the Rayburn House Office Building on a brilliant spring day in April 2009 shaking their heads. The two were on Capitol Hill representing the interests of small farms as Congress drafted legislation to revamp the food safety system. Congressional staffers had just informed the pair that, in… Continue Reading

Over-Regulating Farms Won’t Make Food Safer

With foodborne illnesses affecting 48 million people per year, causing almost 3,000 deaths and costing approximately $9 billion in health care costs, you can bet that, as the CEO of a food service company with 400 cafés in 31 states, I worry about the safety of our food supply. That’s why I supported the Landmark… Continue Reading

United Fresh: Food Safety Advance ‘Bittersweet’

With the food safety bill’s passage in the House Wednesday, it appears that small farm and producer exemptions, which were added in the Senate, will be a part of the final bill.  While, local, sustainable agriculture advocates praised the inclusion of the language, known as the Tester-Hagan amendment, the biggest players in the produce industry… Continue Reading

Sen. Hagan Touts Support for Small Farms

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) emphasized her support for small farmers Monday at the 75th annual convention of the North Carolina Farm Bureau in Greensboro, NC.            “Whether it’s our large commodity producers or our small, local producers, it is a credit to all of our farmers’ hard work and diligence that agriculture remains such a robust… Continue Reading

Senate to Resume Action on Food Safety Bill Today

The Senate is expected to begin a series of votes on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, S.510, this evening, a critical move forward for a bill that would be the most sweeping change in food safety laws in over seven decades. The legislation aims to increase inspection frequency, require food facilities to have food… Continue Reading