The Food Safety Modernization ACT (FSMA), is a federal food safety law. Through this comprehensive measure, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is granted broad new power to enforce food safety standards on farms. The impact of FMSA could be felt by produce growers, farms that aggregate product with other farms and even farms that minimally process their produce.

FDA has issued two sets of proposed rules for implementing FSMA: the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls Rule.

FDA is accepting comments on these rules through November 15, 2013. By making your voice heard on these proposed rules by providing comment to FDA, you can make these new rules work for Alaska.

The proposed rules’ impact on Alaska’s agricultural economy may be substantial. Many of Alaska’s producers may find that some of the produce and processing safety standards will expensive and tough to implement.

Many of these rules were created with large-scale commercial operations in mind. It goes without saying that in many cases the proposed new rules are incompatible with the scale of operations and agricultural practices in our state.

Make your voice heard so that FDA can create food safety regulations that work for Alaskan farmers.

For details on how to comment and for in-depth research on the FSMA’s proposed rules, visit the New England Farmers Union’s comprehensive FSMA portal HERE.

You can also visit the FDA’s detailed and useful FSMA page HERE.