Food Safety Modernization Act Rules

CISA has been closely following the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, given the extent to which this Act will inevitably impact our local farms and food system.

Overview…

The FDA’s draft rules for implementing the Act, which were proposed January 2013, threaten to disproportionately impact our local farms. Although the rules were created in response to food safety problems in the industrial food system, the proposed regulations would have the unintended effect of increasing costs for small, diverse farms more than for large, industrial farms, threatening to put small farms out of business due to the high costs to comply. All farms need to prioritize food safety practices, but the draft rules do not fit the size or type of potential risks found on small farms.

Our advocacy efforts…

The first public comment period for the proposed rules closed on November 22nd, 2013. CISA submitted our own detailed comments suggesting improvements to the rules, and hundreds of our members and stakeholders also commented on the rules. By the close of the public comment period, the FDA had received an unprecedented number of comments – over 25,000 – on the proposed rules.

We’ve made an impact!…

The initial response from the FDA to our input is encouraging! The FDA has stated that it plans to make significant changes to the rules based on the extensive comments it received. The FDA intends to publish the revised rules by early summer 2014 and accept a second round of public comments on the revisions. Stay tuned for more information!

Learn More…

Click here to learn more about the draft rules and our suggested changes to the rules.

Click here to read CISA’s petition which we submitted to the FDA, with over 800 signatures and 200 individual comments.

Click here to read the full comments CISA submitted to the FDA, as well as our sample letters.