Food Safety Modernization Act, the Produce Safety Rule and Farm to School
Friday, Oct. 18th, 11 am – noon (PT), noon – 1 pm (MT), 2 – 3pm (ET)
In 2011, the federal government passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), updating the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. The goal of this reform is to ensure food safety by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. One major undertaking of FSMA is establishing food safety standards, especially for foods that are considered potentially hazardous. Currently, FSMA is in the rule-making stage. Of particular interest to farm to school programming is the Produce Rule.
Join this webinar to hear how the proposed produce rules could facilitate or hinder farm to school efforts. While much has been said about the proposed rule’s impact on specific types of producers, this webinar uniquely considers the farm to school implications from the producer and the food service director’s perspectives. Panelists include national agricultural food safety specialists, legal analyst, and farm to school research staff.
Issues to be addressed:
- What are the key issues in FSMA and the proposed Produce Safety Rule that will affect farm to school issues?
- What do school food service directors need to ensure locally-sourced food is safe?
- Will the new rule facilitate or hinder these farm to school efforts?
- Sarah Hackney, Grassroots Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- Brian Snyder, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
- Lyn Kathlene, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Spark Policy Institute, and Senior Staff to the Colorado Farm to School Task Force
- Laura Brown, JD, legal analyst for the CO FTS Task Force Food Safety Project