From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC):
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is scheduled to begin markup of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) on November 18. The Act seeks to decrease foodborne illnesses by strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety oversight and enforcement–including provisions that would extend authority to on-farm production and processing. NSAC will issue an alert on Tuesday or Wednesday of this coming week with specific recommendations to HELP Committee members and a call to action on S 510. NSAC is working to limit negative impacts on small and mid-sized sustainable and organic farms. Stay tuned for our action alert aimed at key HELP committee members and prepare to send to your networks!
For background on the issue, please see NSAC’s Food Safety on the Farm policy brief.