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November 19, 2015

Agency of Ag Hosts FDA for December Meeting on Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rules

On Monday, December 14, 2015, join the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) subject matter experts for an overview of three final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Rules:

* Produce Safety

* Preventive Controls for Human Food

* Preventive Controls for Animal Food

FDA subject matter experts will provide information on what the new rules cover and who must comply, as well as major requirements of the rules. All stakeholders throughout the Northeast are invited to attend this informational event and will have opportunities to ask questions of FDA subject matter experts.

Signed into law in 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) represents the largest update to the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act since 1938, requiring FDA to set new food safety standards for food production both in facilities and on farms. Since FDA published the proposed rules in January 2013, VAAFM has worked to establish strong partnerships with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and FDA in order to ensure the perspectives and experiences of New England producers have been accurately represented throughout the rulemaking process.

The Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, and Preventive Controls for Animal Food rules are now final and will be implemented throughout the United States over the next one to five years. VAAFM, along with other state departments and agencies of agriculture, will continue to work closely with NASDA, FDA and other national partners as FSMA rules are finalized and throughout the implementation process.

This informational event is free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities. No registration is required. For more information or to request accommodations such as seating, interpreting, etc., call (802) 522-7811 or email in advance of the event.

For updates and more information, visit VAAFM's Food Safety Modernization Act page at To access the final FSMA rules, visit FDA's FSMA page at

Provisional Meeting Agenda (To be confirmed by 11/30/15)

9:30-10:00 AM - Reception (Refreshments provided)

10:00-10:40 AM - Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:40 AM-12:00 PM - FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food Final Rule Overview with Question & Answer Session

12:00-1:30 PM - Break (Lunch will not be provided)

1:30-2:50 PM - FSMA Produce Safety Final Rule Overview with Question & Answer Session

2:50-3:00 PM - Break

3:00-4:20 PM - FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Final Rule Overview with Question & Answer Session

4:20-4:30 PM - Closing Remarks

EVENT DATE: Monday, December 14, 2015

TIME: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

LOCATION: Latchis Theatre, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

Media Contact: Kristina Sweet, Produce Safety Coordinator,, (802) 522-7811

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: November 19, 2015 15:17:51