Mad As 'H' Over FDA's Food Safety Act Overreach!

Nor' east Thinkin'

FDA's food safety act's overreach threatens local small-scale food and livestock producers. Major food processors love it. Respond by Nov. 15.

Published on: November 6, 2013

I intended to continue on last week's theme about agriculture's huge career potential for young people. That was until I read excerpts from the latest proposed regulations of FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act.

Reading most of the original FDA FSMA law, I discovered scant references to what farmers could and couldn't do to raise food crops. Initially, we were placated by wordage that smaller scale producers of fresh market foods would be exempted. Then came pages and pages of proposed regulations – ones you must comment on by November 15.

And, FSMA gives FDA regulatory authority over the production of any food with a "reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to the food will cause serious adverse health consequences to humans or animals." Did you catch that last word?

The latest proposed rule impacts the animal feed industry and farmers who feed animals. Titled Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. So if you raise feed for other farms, guess what – you're likely not exempted from rules that require monitoring to minimize feed risks.

Surprise!

Farm exemptions on water quality, food and feed handling, use of manure (even if we call it organic nutrients) are being eroded away. What's maddening is that all these concerns are already being regulated by other state and federal agencies. The nation's large food distributors and processors are "cool" with all of it.

That's why I asked Brian Snyder, executive director of Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, for permission to post his "Time's Running Out To Protest Food Safety Modernization Act" analysis on this website.

Don't just take my word for it and pass on responding. You have a week to study up on the implications of these latest FDA proposed regulations and register your comments. You're farm's future is at stake!

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