FDA Releases New Food Safety Rules

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On November 13th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced major steps toward preventing foodborne illness by finalizing rules implementing the bipartisan Food Safety Modernization Act. These safety standards are a significant step toward strengthening our food safety system.

Foodborne illness affects roughly 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) in the United States each year. The objective of these rules is to help prevent problems across the entire food system, rather than waiting to act until illness occurs. The rules apply to produce farms and make importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards.

The Produce Safety rule establishes science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce across diverse produce farms. Standards include requirements for water quality, employee health and hygiene, wild and domesticated animals, biological soil amendments of animal origin (such as compost and manure), and equipment, tools, and buildings.

You can read the press release here.