The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011, as the largest sweeping overhaul of our nation's food safety practices in more than 70 years. In the past years, the produce industry has been exempt from proposed regulations, but that's about to change come 2018.
The Produce Safety Rule sets new standards for the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce. The first-time requirements include testing water to minimize the risk of microbacterial contamination and training for supervisors. That training didn't exist when FSMA was signed into law, or even a year ago, but it does now after receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
Those two rules are among six that were recently finalized, the key categories include:
- Agricultural Water
- Biological Soil Amendments
- Domesticated and Wild Animals
- Worker Training and Health and Hygiene
- Equipment, Tools and Buildings
Overall, some 35,000 operations must comply with the new rules next year. However, not all farms will be subject to the rules and some will be exempt, while others may be eligible for modified requirements. Since this rule mainly applies to fruits and vegetables normally consumed raw, the FDA has provided a list of foods covered and exempt from the Produce Safety Rule.
Due to the recent adoption of the new training standards set by the Produce Safety Alliance based at Cornell University, the certification course is on the agenda for the Food Safety Summit, set for May 8-11 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. MadgeTech's certified HACCP managers will also be in attendance at the summit exhibiting data logging solutions that ensure the safety and quality of a product, while verifying compliance with rules and regulations.
To view the entire collection of data loggers designed to specifically monitor the temperature and humidity of a product from farm to table, click here.
As the temperatures start to warm up, so are those grills. With the summer barbeque season right around the corner there's good news for carnivores, prices are dropping on some grilling staples. Throw some more burgers and steaks on the barbie, because for the first time in years beef will be as affordable as chicken and pork.
Boston here we come! MadgeTech is making the quick trip to neighboring Massachusetts for the 3rd Annual New England Cannabis Convention this weekend, April 22nd and 23rd at the Hynes Convention Center. MadgeTech will be showcasing its line of data loggers designed specifically for cannabis cultivators to the more than 10,000 expected attendees.
The state of Wyoming is becoming more lenient when it comes to the laws local food producers must adhere by. The Food Freedom Act passed in 2015 has recently been expanded to make it easier for locals to sell their homemade products directly to consumers, a piece of legislation that many states have started to adopt.