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This summer brought some good news for specialty crop growers in terms of streamlining produce safety regulatory requirements for farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that USDA’s Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Plus+ Audit Program for specialty crops is now accepted as technically equivalent by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).The agency also announced that USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to seek alignment of GAP with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This is good news for growers because it means that growers who complete a USDA GAP Plus Audit also meet other U.S. and international regulatory and market requirements. That helps cut down on paperwork, saves time and money, and helps to grow markets for specialty crops. Read More
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On March 19, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance to assist businesses in determining whether they qualify as a “small business” under the Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulations. The FDA published final rules on September 17, 2015, to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control (HARPC) provisions for human and animal food. Under those rules, “small businesses” may be eligible for certain exemptions from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “Small businesses” also have later compliance dates than larger businesses covered by the rules. As such, it is important that businesses know whether they qualify as a “small business” under the rules. Read More
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If you sell food, then you know that Food and Drug Agency (FDA) regulations strictly prohibit you from asserting or even implying on your product’s label that your product can treat, prevent or cure a disease unless that claim has been specifically approved by the FDA. Unapproved claims on labels amount to an unauthorized drug claim in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. What you might not know, however, is that retweeting, reposting, or “liking” such claims that other people post about your product could also land you in legal trouble. Read More
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On January 4, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Industry Guidance announcing that, effective immediately, it intends not to enforce certain provisions in four of the agency’s rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and will seek rulemaking to address issues that have been raised since the FSMA rules became final. Read More
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