Make Our Food Safe
08/09/2011

"Feds tour Riverhead farms in run up to new food regs"

Riverhead News-Review | Tim Gannon

"Some bigwigs from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture toured two farms in Riverhead and one in Mattituck Tuesday hoping to get input from local farmers for the FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law Jan. 4.

The law’s goal is to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe, and it will shift the FDA’s focus from responding to reports of food contamination to taking action to prevent that contamination, according to the FDA.

But the law’s actual guidelines haven’t been written yet, even in draft form; the FDA is in the process of developing them and is seeking feedback from growers, according to Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for food who toured the local farms Tuesday..."

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