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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering changing various rules as they relate to the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). The implementation of these rules may impact the produce that is available locally.
 

University of Vermont Extension developed ten reasons to buy local food and they apply in Alabama.

1) Locally grown food tastes and looks better.

2) Local food is better for you..

3) Local food preserves genetic diversity.

4) Local food is safe.

5) Local food supports local families.

6) Local food builds community.

7) Local food preserves open space.

8) Local food keeps taxes down.

9) Local food benefits the environment and wildlife.

10) Local food is an investment in the future.

Implementation of the current FSMA law could impact local fruit and vegetable production due to the cost of implementing the rules. New Hampshire has noted the various concerns and has them outlined in a factsheet, “Understanding and Commenting on the Food Safety Modernization Act Proposed Rules”. Check out article at http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/factsheets/Understanding_FSMA_Rule.pdf"


Concerns outlined include:

•Farm vs. Facility as defined in the law

•Covered produce

•Cost to growers

•Issues related to agricultural water

•Issues related to manure use

•Wildlife habitat on a farm

•Personnel Training

•Exemptions

Comments from anyone with an interest in the issue are invited by FDA – from consumers, to growers, to groups impacted by the loss of local food source. There are many resources available to research make prior to making comments before the November 15th date.


New Hampshire Extension Information on FSMA http://extension.unh.edu/Food-Safety-Modernization-Act-FSMA

Washington State University Extension has broken out the FSMA Act into sections with links to the FSMA law in the Federal Registry and links to various FDA publications - http://foodsafety.wsu.edu/fsma/index.html

National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition has a very broad listing of FSMA resources also. - http://sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/​



Link to make comments via 720px-US-RegulationsGov-Logo.svg.png

Submit your comments in TWO places –

Produce Rule http://goo.gl/6vNc1z and to Preventive Controls Rule http://goo.gl/qyJnsA

You can also mail in your comments – just be sure it is postmarked prior to November 15, 2013.

If mailing your comments:

Instructions: All submissions received must include the Agency name and Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0921, and RIN 0910-AG35 for this rulemaking.

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) 
Food and Drug Administration, 
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, 
Rockville, MD 20852

Your opinion matters to the FDA.

Submitted by Donna Shanklin, Regional Extension Agent - Human Nutrition, Diet & Health, drs0009@aces.edu, 256-737-9386

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