Public hearing to help the FDA understand how the FSMA rules will impact small farms in New England and the growing sector of farmers markets, co-ops, and other local food venues.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a 2011 law to reform our nation’s food safety laws. FSMA aims to ensure that the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for implementing the law and has proposed two rules to begin this implementation. As drafted, the two rules may have far reaching impacts that could threaten small farms in New England and our growing sector of farmers markets, co-ops, and other local food venues.
In order to help the FDA understand how these rules will impact New England, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and the New Hampshire and Vermont Departments of Agriculture, in collaboration with Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster ’78, will host a public input session so that the FDA can hear directly from farmers and consumers. Combined with comments received during the ongoing public comment period, this input session will help FDA to refine and revise the proposals to ensure that the final rules promote food safety while protecting New England’s unique agricultural sector.
FDA participants include:
Open to the public. Continental breakfast to be served.
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.