As you may be aware, the FDA released its long awaited proposed rules on Food Safety Modernization Act on Jan. 4, 2013. Since then, organizations and individuals across the country have been scrambling to digest the massive rules and analyze the impact they may have on family farms and producers.
The sheer volume of proposed rules - and the coming spring planting - make it very difficult to have enough time to properly analyze the rules and provide substantive comments to the FDA before the May 16, 2013 deadline.
A few organizations that are particularly concerned about the impact of the rules on small-scale producers have drafted a letter to the FDA requesting a 120-day extension on the comment period. The full text of the letter is at the bottom of this page. We would like to submit this letter jointly with other concerned organizations.
An extension on the comment period will allow us all more time to ensure the new food safety rules do not undermine food safety by harming family farms and small-scale producers.
The deadline to sign on to the letter is Feb. 25, 2013. The letter is at the end of this page, as is a short form to add your organization's name. The letter will be submitted to the FDA soon after. For more information, contact Liz Moran with WORC (406-252-9672) or Judith McGeary with FARFA (254-697-2661).
For more information about the food safety rules, visit the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act page at: http://www.fda.gov/food/foodsafety/fsma/default.htm.
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
Office Phone: 254-697-2661
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