Webinar | May 2013
Food Safety Modernization Act: Impacts for Farmers, Producers and States
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, represents the most significant revision of food safety laws in the United States in more than 70 years. The legislation carried with it new mandates for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including comprehensive, prevention-based approaches across all aspects of the food supply system. Such a prevention-based approach requires food facilities to evaluate hazards in their operations and establish procedures to prevent contamination. The law also requires the FDA to establish safety standards for production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables based on science. In addition to enhanced prevention and surveillance tools, the FDA will also have mandatory recall authority for all food products.
The law recognizes that food safety is, at its heart, a partnership among federal, state and local (as well as foreign) governments whose success is dependent on the capacity of these partners to fulfill their roles. Because of this, the FSMA calls upon the FDA to support, expand and strengthen the ability of all partners to conduct their responsibilities at the highest level possible.
This free webinar from the Council of State Governments Regional Offices and the State Ag and Rural Leaders, investigated recent developments as the FDA moves to implement the FSMA, including recently released regulations on produce and manufactured food, the implications this new food safety regimen has for farmers, ranchers and food producers, and how the changing food safety landscape will affect the states.
- Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.
- Fran Boyd, Senior Vice President, Meyers and Associates, Washington, D.C.
- Roger Noonan, President, New England Farmers Union; owner of Middle Branch Farm, New Boston, New Hampshire