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Food Safety Modernization Act Workshops a Success!

The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, with collaboration from community partners, held 4 workshops on the Food Safety Modernization Act in Madison and Milwaukee in October and November.

These workshops served as educational training sessions for producers and consumers who are concerned with the potential ramifications of the current FSMA draft rules written by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Michael Fields Staff showed brief videos on how real world farmers and consumers see the current draft rules affecting their daily lives and business operations, presented on the basic foundations of the proposed Produce Rule and Preventive Controls Rule, and instructed participants on how to submit comments on the rules via regulations.gov and direct mail.

The FDA recently extended the public comment deadline by another week until Friday, November 22, 2013 @ 11:59 PM. This gives you the chance to comment on the proposed rules and make your recommendations to the FDA on what should be maintained, changed, omitted, or included in the rules. Want to learn more about the issues? Go to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s website and #fixFSMA! Get your comments in today!

Thanks to all those who came out to the workshops and all the assisting community partners for supporting your local food systems!

Assisting Community Partner Organizations

Center for Resilient Cities – Milwaukee, WI
Community and Regional Food Systems Project – Madison, WI
Community GroundWorks – Madison, WI
Dane County Cooperative Extension
The Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability – Verona, WI
FairShare CSA Coalition – Madison, WI
Growing Power – Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension
The Milwaukee Food Council
Outpost Natural Foods – Milwaukee, WI
REAP Food Group – Madison, WI
The Urban Ecology Center – Milwaukee, WI
Urban League of Greater Madison
Willy Street Co-op – Madison, WI

The FDA is legally required to read your comments and submitting these comments are a key method to changing and improving the implementation of FSMA.

Participants discussing the proposed FSMA rules

Participants discussing the proposed FSMA rules at the Goodman Community Center – Madison, WI