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FSMA is final, anyone getting ready for extra paperwork?  RSS feed

 
Ann Torrence
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Here's the summary, read it and weep.

Things to note: if you aren't in the US and don't export to the US, you can ignore. If you sell less than $25K per year, almost none of it applies. If you sell less than $250K per year, you get a ramp up period.

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/UCM472887.pdf
I was at a small/urban farms workshop when the extension office did a presentation, and half of the mandatory training hasn't even been developed yet, so it is very much a work in progress.

If discussion level warrants, we can start separate threads on the key provisions like water quality, animals and manures, etc.

As the extension officer said, don't shoot the messenger. These rules were under an FDA review process for years. If you don't like 'em now, your recourse is your congressional representatives. This thread is to discuss how we are moving forward, not how we got here. That train left long ago.
 
Joseph Lofthouse
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As far as I can tell, the more laws and rules get passed, the more they are ignored. I see lots of violations at every farmer's market that I visit. The farmers ignore them. The customers ignore them. The agricultural inspector ignores them. The market management ignores them. People buy and sell black market tamales in the Walmart parking lot. Illegal milk, eggs, cheese, meat, bread, and fruits are readily available. Seems to me like the government if flat-out-broke. There simply isn't enough money left to enforce the new regulations. About the only thing the agricultural inspector cares about is collecting the licensing fees.

And with the inflation monster being what it is, $25,000 might not even buy a tomato next year.

I'll just do what I always do. When sprouts become illegal, I'll grow squash. When squash becomes illegal, I'll grow corn. When corn becomes illegal, I'll harvest weeds.



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