Food Safety Modernization Act

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Food Safety Modernization Act Educational Workshops

Hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

How will FSMA affect your farm or business? Learn more at our upcoming workshops in Montpelier on March 31st, Burlington on April 4th & Rutland on April 5th !

All workshops will cover the FSMA Produce Safety Rule & the Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s plans for program development in Vermont. The April 4th workshop, co-hosted by the Vermont Department of Health, will also cover the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule. 

FSMA Produce Safety Rule & Program Development Workshop
March 31, 2016
2:00–4:00 PM
Pavilion Auditorium
109 State Street, Montpelier
FSMA Preventive Controls & Produce Safety Rule Workshop
Co-hosted by the Vermont Department of Health
This workshop was recorded. Click HERE to view the recording. 
April 4, 2016
2:00–4:00 PM
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, Burlington
FSMA Produce Safety Rule & Program Development Workshop
April 5, 2016
5:30–7:30 pm
Rutland Free Library
10 Court Street, Rutland

New England Public Meeting: FDA Shares Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rules

On December 14, 2015, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture hosted FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods & Veterinary Medicine Mike Taylor along with FDA subject matter experts for an overview of three final FSMA rules: Preventive Controls for Human Food, Produce Safety, and Preventive Controls for Animal Food. Links to FDA's presentations and meeting audio are below. 

Welcome & Opening Remarks (AM) 

Chuck Ross, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture

Walter Whitcomb, Maine Commissioner of Agriculture & Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA) President

Mike Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods & Veterinary Medicine

FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food 

Final Rule Overview with Question & Answer Session

Presenter: Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

Welcome & Opening Remarks (PM)

Chuck Ross, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture

Mike Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods & Veterinary Medicine

FSMA Produce Safety Rule

      Final Rule Overview with Question & Answer Session

      Presenter: Samir Assar, Director, Office of Produce Safety, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

      FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food

        Final Rule Overview with Question & Answer Session

        Presenter: Dan McChesney, Director, Office of Surveillance & Compliance, Center for Veterinary Medicine

        Questions About FSMA? Ask FDA!

        The Preventive Controls for Human Food rule and Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule are now final, and compliance dates for some businesses begin in 2016. The Produce Safety Rule will be final on January 27, 2015, and businesses with annual food sales greater than $500,000 (and some others) should be in compliance by January 27, 2017. Compliance dates for smaller businesses begin in 2018 and 2019.
         
        Visit Contact FDA About FSMA to submit an inquiry form or mail your question to the address below:
         
        Food and Drug Administration
        5100 Paint Branch Pkwy
        Wiley Building, HFS­009
        Attn: FSMA Outreach
        College Park, MD 20740 

        Vermont Produce Safety Survey & Interactive FSMA Resource

        Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/vtproduce to take the survey and learn about how your farm may be impacted by FDA’s Produce Safety Rule or call Kristina Sweet at (802) 522-7811 to complete the survey over the phone.  

        • Who? All Vermont farmers who grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce—even if primarily engaged in another type of farming—should take this survey.
        • What? The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) designed this survey to help farmers determine if they will be impacted by FDA’s Produce Safety Rule, understand their requirements under the rule, and learn about compliance timelines. The Produce Safety Rule, a rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), will be finalized in October 2015 and implemented over the next 2 to 5 years. 
        • Why? Information collected through this survey will help VAAFM understand how farms in Vermont will be impacted by the Produce Safety Rule and better assist farmers in preparing for implementation of the rule.  
        • How? In order to complete this survey, you will need estimates of your farm, business, or organization's annual sales of (a) produce and (b) all food—including animal feed. You will also need general knowledge of your farm, business, or organization’s food safety practices. 

        More on the Produce Safety Rule

        If you grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce for human consumption, you may be impacted by a new FDA rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act, Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption. This rule is also known as the “Produce Safety Rule” and covers the production of raw agricultural commodities that are commonly consumed raw, such as strawberries, lettuce, melons, and spinach. FDA defines produce as any fruit or vegetable—including mixes of intact fruits and vegetables—as well as mushrooms, sprouts (irrespective of seed source), peanuts, tree nuts, and herbs. 

        Survey Information

        This survey will take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete and is divided into two sections. Section I will help to determine whether you may be subject to Produce Safety Rule, and Section II asks about your farm's food safety practices and certifications so that we may better understand how market demand for produce safety impacts farms in Vermont. 

        Contact Kristina Sweet at kristina.sweet@state.vt.us or (802) 522-7811 with comments or questions about this survey.

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        About the Food Safety Modernization Act

        The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, gives the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) broad new authority over many types of food production, processing, and distribution. In addition to greater recall authority under FSMA, FDA is charged with establishing rules to prevent foodborne illness and protect public health. These seven rules will be finalized in the coming year and implemented over a period of two to five years. FSMA represents the largest overhaul of federal food safety laws since 1938.

        In 2015 & 2016, the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will finalize seven rules to implement FSMA. Three rules in particular may be of key concern to Vermont producers:

        To view the full list of proposed, interim, and final FDA rules, visit FSMA Rules & Guidance for Industry. While the Produce Safety, Preventive Controls, and Feed Rules are now closed for comment, comments can still be submitted for several additional rules. See How to Comment on FSMA for the current list.

        VAAFM has worked closely with FDA to ensure final rules that are feasible for the small-scale diversified agriculture that is critical to the food system in Vermont and New England and remains committed to protecting the Vermont brand and its reputation for quality.

        Visit the Vermont Produce Safety page to learn more about VAAFM’s leadership role in the federal rulemaking process and our plans to provide outreach, education, and technical assistance to producers as they prepare for FSMA implementation and industry-wide changes.'

        Resources

        Resources at UVM Extension

        Regional & National Resources

        Media Releases

        Comments on Proposed FSMA Rules

        Contact

        General Inquiries
        Kristina Sweet
        Produce Program Coordinator
        (802) 522-7811
        Kristina.Sweet@vermont.gov
         
        Media Inquiries
        Alison Kosakowski
        Communications Director
        (802) 828-2430