National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA)

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By Joe Reardon, Senior Director of Food Safety Programs, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA), along with FMI – The Food Industry Association (FMI); the National Restaurant Association (NRA); and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) recently hosted a Food Safety Forum aimed at discussing current detection methods, public health risk considerations, and regulatory policies affecting enteric viruses (i.e., Norovirus and Hepatitis A virus) and protozoan parasites, such as Cyclospora, in foods. 

The safety of the food supply is a

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Food safety is one of 10 specific policy areas that the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture wants to be addressed in the next federal Farm Bill, which must be finished by 2023. At its Winter Policy Conference, NASDA named these focus areas for Farm Bill 2023, in alphabetical order:

  • Agriculture research
  • Animal disease
  • Conservation and climate resiliency
  • Cyber security
  • Food safety
  • Hemp
  • Invasive species
  • Local food systems
  • Specialty Crop Block Grants
  • Trade promotion

NASDA CEO Ted McKinney remarked on the importance of the Farm Bill and NASDA members’ ability to provide a unique perspective. “The next Farm Bill
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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has named Joe Reardon as director of food safety programs.

Reardon will lead NASDA’s cooperative agreements and activities with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, working to ensure consumers in the United States continue to enjoy the safest and healthiest food supply in the world.

Reardon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in food and feed safety at both the state and federal levels. Reardon currently serves as the assistant commissioner for consumer protection for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In this role, he oversees the divisions


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Opinion

By Amanda Culp, NASDA

1. Ensuring 46 million food and agriculture workers remain essential so that we can continue to feed America.

As more states adopt shelter-in-place measures to protect our communities, state departments of agriculture are working to ensure that food and agriculture workers can still get to work. The Department of Homeland Security has provided guidance to the states identifying food and agriculture as a critical infrastructure workforce.

“Telecommuting is not an option for these workers, they are reporting to work as always while taking all necessary precautions to protect our health and the health of their
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One of the last vestiges of bipartisanship in Congress began delivering its baby Tuesday. House and Senate agricultural conferees finally agreed on the 2018 Farm Bill, and by late afternoon it was sailing through the U.S. Senate on an 87-13 vote.

There is precious little in the 807-page bill, with its $867 billion in planned spending over 10 years, for food safety. New mandatory funding is included for state departments of agriculture to combat animal disease is in the bill, according to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

NASDA President Jeff Witte, who is also New Mexico’s
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb  talked about compliance with new food regulations at the Annual Meeting of the influential National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in New Orleans.

Compliance deadlines are on the minds of those in American agriculture as 2018  approaches, making Gottlieb’s appearance before the state officials possibly the most timely visit by an FDA commissioner in a decade.

Gottlieb spoke on Sept. 12 about FDA’s decision to emphasize education during the first year of implementation of the Produce Safety Rule. That approach to the rule, which is part of the Food
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