Make Our Food Safe

"Local firms await new standards"

Courier Post Online | Eileen Stillwell

"Food processors are bracing for a new set of federal regulations designed to reduce lethal episodes of contamination, like those triggered last year by tainted cantaloupes and peanut butter.

'I welcome it. We want consumers to be comfortable with the safety of the food chain,' said Tony Chigounis, CEO of Lacas Coffee Co. 'The new law is a signal to us that the public has concerns about food safety.'

Billed as the 'most sweeping change in food safety regulations in 70 years,' the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law last year by President Barack Obama. Federal regulators are working out specifics and effective dates, which could be released as early as March..."

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