The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition applauds Senate passage this morning of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) and is urging the House to take up and pass the Senate bill and send it to the president for his signature as quickly as possible.
“The Senate did a good job taking into account the concerns of sustainable and organic farmers,” said Ferd Hoefner, NSAC Policy Director. “While not a perfect bill from our perspective, we believe it contains important directives to the Food and Drug Administration to develop rules and guidance to improve food safety without resorting to “one-size-fits-all” regulations that create barriers to emerging local and regional food and agricultural systems. The bill also provides clear directives to improve food safety without compromising resource conservation and environmental stewardship goals. We applaud the Senate for including these clear directives and passing the bill and call on the House to pass the same bill as soon as possible.”
NSAC is an alliance of 40 grassroots family farm, food, rural, and conservation organizations working together to advance federal policies that support a transition to a more sustainable farm and food system. NSAC recently posted a farmer treatise on food safety entitled “A Sustainable Agriculture Perspective on Food Safety” available here.