The US Food and
Drug Administration has proposed two new rules in response to the Food
Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). One of them sets up burdensome new recordkeeping
standards for raw agricultural commodities, but completely exempts farmers and
producers who irradiate their food. It also exempts meat slaughtering plants
(one of the greatest sources of microbiological contamination), as well as
chemical contamination from pesticides and cleaning compounds.
The second rule gives the FDA more power by requiring (instead of
suggesting, as before) facilities to maintain a written food safety plan, do a hazard
analysis, and establish risk-based preventative controls—very similar to the
approaches used in Codex standards.
FDA that their food safety approach is wrong. Ask them to address the real
dangers of our food system: CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), unsafe
industrial farming practices, reliance on genetically modified foods, and
pesticide, herbicide, and antibiotic overuse.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]