FSMA Update: FDA Finalizes the Produce Rule

By Eric Hansen, NYFC Policy Analyst  This is what we have all been waiting for, at least those of us with a stake in farm policy. On November 13 , the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final version of Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, commonly known as the Produce Rule. This is the last new regulation we have been tracking under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The... Read More

FDA Begins Finalizing Food Safety Rules

Noe of City Grown Seattle, harvesting chard. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began finalizing the new food safety rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). NYFC and our partners have been working on these rules for the past few years, and together or coalition provided FDA with a lot of feedback about how the rules could be effective without creating an unreasonable burden for farmers. You can check out some of our past... Read More

Food Safety Comments Due at Midnight Tonight – Read NFYC’s Here

Tonight is the deadline for Food Safety comments! NYFC members discussing the proposed regulations at a letter-writing event last year. This is the final day in a two-year long process, and you’ve got only one final night to get your comment in!  We’ve been working with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and dozens of farmers throughout the NYFC network to analyze this new draft from the FDA and how it will affect new and... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – WHERE POLICY MEETS THE NEW FARM

By Hannah Moser of Forager Farm As a first-year farm selling direct-to-consumer vegetables policy is not something we’ve had to deal much with as of yet. However, the overarching Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA rules still to be implemented tend to hang over the decisions we make as a farm in the next couple of years. We have plans of integrating livestock into our vegetable operation, including a small goat dairy as well as laying hens and... Read More

A Re-Focus on Food Safety

Brian Snyder, Executive Director of PASA This piece is re-posted with permission from “Write to Farm” by Brian Snyder, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.  Click here to read the original. Food Safety Back On the Agenda If you thought we were done with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), you can think again. It has been most of a year since the process of responding to newly proposed... Read More

September News: Climate Justice, Food Safety News, and Land Access Training

It’s officially fall  — we hope you’re catching your breath in the fields and watching the new season edge its way in.  The FDA just released a new draft of Food Safety rules and significant improvements were made. The agency certainly listened, but we’ll need your help to ensure that the final rules work for local farms. Read more about this campaign, NYFC at the People’s Climate March, our work to make farmland... Read More

NYFC January 2014 Newsletter: FDA listens, Jobs, Legal Help, Events

  Thank you. Last month, 213 farmers and consumers joined NYFC. This growth topped off an incredible year: a dozen new chapters formed, we rallied nearly a thousand farmers and consumers to tell the FDA that organic and diversified farms produce the safest food (more on that below!) and we started to move innovative land access strategies that will help new farmers find affordable land. Our coalition has a lot to be proud of! Read... Read More

After Flood of Letters, FDA Takes a Step Back

Portland-area farmers sitting down last October to write letters to the FDA about proposed new food safety regulations. The FDA responded last month to the tens of thousands of comments that poured in last year by taking a step back in publishing its proposed food safety rules. Read More  Read More

Giving Thanks for Grassroots Success

A letter-writing event organized by the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition. We hope your Thanksgiving holiday was lovely – filled with delicious (and local!) food and wonderful community. Now that the food safety comment period is closed, this seems like an appropriate point to express our thanks for the amazing outpouring of enthusiasm and organizing zeal that spread like wildfire across the country to gather comments and host events for... Read More

FDA Extends Food Safety Commenting Period One Week!

Yes, you read that right.  There have been a series of difficulties over the past week in accessing the regulations.gov website to submit comments on the proposed food safety regulations, so the FDA has announced a one week extension – comments are now due at 11:59 PM EST on next Friday, November 22.  Have you been thinking to yourself, “I really wish I’d gotten my comment in, but I didn’t have time to get up to speed”? ... Read More

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