New food safety regulations? What!?? Will they affect me? I can imagine many of you are thinking that if you have heard about the US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and wondering if and how it will affect Vermont food producers and processors. Many food businesses in Vermont will likely be impacted in some way- directly or indirectly, although some will be exempted from the regulations due to their small size or the products they produce.
The Act itself was signed into law in January 2011. The proposed rules for two of the main mandates of the law were released in January 2013, including Preventative Controls for Human Food (which affects the value-added processing of foods) and Produce Safety (which affects sales of fresh whole fruits and vegetables). Here is some introductory information on the proposed rules and how you can make comments.
1) FDA maintains an updated website
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