NJ Offers Farmers Food Safety Information Session Oct. 22

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calendarTRENTON — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture, New Jersey Farm Bureau and Rutgers University’s New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station are co-sponsoring an informational meeting on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for farmers in New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Oct. 22, beginning at 8 a.m.

The meeting, to be held at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Columbus, New Jersey, will include presentations on FSMA from key personnel on the topic for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the agricultural community, followed by a nearly two-hour Panel Discussion and Q&A Session dedicated to the topic of what FSMA means in practical terms for New Jersey’s farmers.

FSMA, which was passed and signed into law in 2011, requires the FDA to propose and adopt food-safety rules and regulations for all levels of the food system in the United States and will, for the first time, see FDA inspecting farms as well as processing facilities. Questions have been raised by national agricultural groups on many points in the rules that have been proposed so far, especially regarding when farms might be determined to move from solely a farm to a “mixed use” facility or even to the level of a processor, depending on what activities occur there.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required, as space is limited. To pre-register, call the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at 609-292-8896, or e-mail the Department at: jeffrey.beach@ag.state.nj.us.


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