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“New England has great potential to improve its food and energy security, reduce its carbon footprint, and sustain its family farms by increasing production and consumption of regional food, farm and forest products."

— Cris Coffin New England Director, American Farmland Trust

What You Need to Know About the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA)
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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a new federal food safety law that will significantly impact how food in New England and around the country is grown, handled, and processed. Whether you are a farmer, a food buyer or processor, or someone working toward a thriving and resilient New England farm and food system, you have a stake in how FSMA is implemented and can help make it a workable law that improves food safety and supports the type and scale of agriculture we have here in New England. 

Get Educated About FSMA!

To help stakeholders understand the potential impact of the FSMA, American Farmland Trust recently joined the Conservation Law Foundation, Food Solutions New England, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, New England Farmers Union, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Rhode Island Division of Agriculture, UMass Extension, and University of Rhode Island in hosting a webinar for New England food producers, buyers, and those working toward a resilient New England food system. The webinar focused on two rules that have recently been released by the Food and Drug Administration—the Standards for the Growing, Packing, Harvesting and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (the “produce” rule), which addresses farm practices, and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (the “preventive controls” rule), which governs facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food. 


View the August 13th FSMA webinar


Dr. Joanne Burke, University of New Hampshire, Network Design Team:Food Solutions New England, joanne.burke@unh.edu

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Dr. Richard Bonanno, Extension Educator, UMass Extension, President, Massachusetts Farm Burea, rich@mfbf.net

Dr. Lori Pivarnik, Coordinator, Food Safety Outreach/Research Nutrition and Food Sciences Department University of Rhode Island, lpivarnik@mail.uri.edu

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Roger Noonan, President, New England Farmers Union, middlebranchfarm@comcast.net

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Below is a list of additional resources available for those who wish to learn more about FSMA:

Weigh In With Your Thoughts and Concerns!

The federal Food and Drug Administration will be having three New England listening sessions about the Food Safety Modernization Act. Consider attending one of these sessions so you can share your thoughts and concerns about how this law is implemented. 

FDA listening sessions on the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules will be held on:

  • August 19 at the Augusta, Maine, State Armory from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
  • August 20 in the Alumni Hall Auditorium at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, Hanover,  NH from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
  • August 22 at Plainville Farm (135 Mount Warner Road) in Hadley, MA from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Comment on FSMA!

The comment period for both the “produce” rule and the “preventive controls” rule has been extended to November 16, 2013.  Click here to submit a comment electronically, or for information on how to mail in a comment on either rule.





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