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December 19, 2013
Great news! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it will be making significant changes to two of its proposed rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act – the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls Rule.
The New England Farmers Union (NEFU) and other grassroots policy organizations mounted a major campaign to help farmers and consumers submit public comment to FDA on its proposed rules. NEFU encouraged the FDA to hold public hearings in New England, and New England’s producers and helped the FDA understand some of the issues with the proposed rules.
The FDA announcement suggests that FDA will make changes in certain provisions, namely water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities, and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms. These are all areas that NEFU’s members identified as of concern for our region.
NEFU is encouraged by this latest development. We are grateful that FDA has heard these concerns, and we look forward to continuing to work with FDA, other farm and food groups, and with concerned Members of Congress to ensure food safety rules that work for New England.
This has been an effective grass-roots effort, but we are not done. There are several additional areas of concern, which we hope that FDA will address. Stay tuned for opportunities to review and comment on the next iteration of these rules, and thanks for your support.