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N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force Notes on FDA’s Teleconference

Review notes taken by Debbie Hamrick, Director of Specialty Crops for the North Carolina Farm Bureau, on January 4, 2013, after FDA’s teleconference on FSMA’s proposed food safety rules.

FSMA’s Proposed Rule Comments

The public is encouraged to review and comment on the proposed rules within 120 days of the rule’s publication in the Federal Register (Jan. 4, 2013). FDA will also hold public meetings to explain the proposal and to provide additional opportunity for input.

FSMA’s Proposed Produce Safety & Preventative Controls Rules

FDA announced at the January 4th teleconference that they released for public comment two proposed rules: Standards for Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food.

FDA Food Facilities Registrations

October 19, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that Biennial Registration Renewal for Food Facilities will begin at 12:01 AM on October 22, 2012. At that time, the food facility registration system will be accepting food facility registration renewals.

Food Safety Modernization Act

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The impacts on N.C. producers and agricultural operations will be broad and varied.

Recent Legislation Introduced in Congress

The recent peanut butter recall prompted a series of legislative hearings in February and March (2009). The House Energy & Commerce Committee held three subcommittee hearings focused on the recall. The Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held similar hearings.

Congressional Primer of Food Safety Update

Kelli Ludlum, Director of Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau, provides a Congressional primer and update for food safety and protection.