Food Safety Rules Go Back to the Drawing Board for Improvement

Several months ago, we reported that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had written rules as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act. We also reported the rules were potentially hurtful to small, diverse, organic, or sustainable family farmers.

In response, we submitted comments to FDA on how the rules must be better. Without improvements, many farms and food entrepreneurs may have gone out of business.

We also encouraged you to get involved in the rule-making process, since this rule potentially impacts every farmers market, farm stand, u-pick operation, or CSA share in the country.

We’re very happy to report that FDA is listening! In light of the many comments pointing out how damaging the rules could be to the farmers you know and love, FDA is going back to the drawing board and has promised extensive rewriting of the rules.

We will continue to keep you informed as the next stage of the rules comes out. Thank you for your involvement!