The Center's Produce Safety team has compiled the following list of documents, links, videos and fact sheets to help produce farmers as they develop, implement, and ujpdate their produce safety plans, and as they approach GAPs certification or learn about how FSMA may apply to their farms.
Please don't hesitate to contact Ginger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-505-8189 (cell) or the Center's main number at 802-656-5459 with any questions or if there is specific information you need.
The 120-day public comment period is now open to weigh in on the implementation of the law. We've gathered some information here to help you consider how the new rules may impact your farm. These are proposed draft rules and not final regulation. Growers are encouraged to comment on aspects of the rules they object to or do not understand. The 120 day period for public comment ends May 16, 2013. You may submit comments online. Written comments may be faxed to FDA at 301-827-6870 or mailed to:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
All written submissions received must include the Docket No. (FDA-2011-N-0921). Or else feel free to share your comments with UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Produce Safety Program Coordinator Ginger Nickerson here at UVM Extension, as she will be compiling comments and sharing them with the FDA as well.