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The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will host a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Listening Session to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to get clarification on proposed rules under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Jeanne Hausler at 517-373-9790 or hauslerj@michigan.gov

Michigan to Host Listening Session for Proposed Rules to Federal Food Safety Law


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will host a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Listening Session on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath, to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to get clarification on proposed rules under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FSMA, the most sweeping reform of our nation’s food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law on January 4, 2011. FSMA aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The first two of five rules under FSMA were proposed this January. Public comments are due by May 16, 2013.

“FSMA is a very extensive and complex law. It will have a huge impact on Michigan's growers and processors, especially with the diversity of crops and types of operations in our state,” said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams. “I encourage every grower and processor, regardless of the size and scope of their operations, to learn more about what FSMA could mean to their businesses and offer comments to FDA to affect the final rules. FDA will review comments received during the comment period to develop final rules for implementation.”

The Michigan Listening Session, one of five being held nationwide, will include two sessions. The morning session will focus on the proposed rule, “Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption,” and the afternoon session will address the “Preventive Controls for Human Food” proposed rule. Experts from FDA will present background information about the proposed rules, followed by question and answer periods on each rule.

You must RSVP to attend the Listening Session. RSVP forms are available at www.michigan.gov/mdard; by email at mda-fooddairyinfo@michigan.gov; or by phone at 800-292-3939.

MDARD will also offer a webinar for interested food and agriculture industry representatives not able to attend the Listening Session in person. In addition, Michigan State University Extension staff will offer satellite locations in Hart and Marquette for growers and processors to participate as a group via the webinar

Listening Session Details:

Date: April 24, 2013 Location: Eagle Eye Golf Course, Lakepoint Room 15500 Chandler Road, Bath, MI

Time: 8 am – 11:30 am - Morning Session, Produce Safety Rule

1:30 pm – 5 pm - Afternoon Session, Preventive Controls Rule

Directions: http://hawkhollow.com/map.php

Light refreshments will be served at each session; lunch is on your own, with directions provided to area restaurants at registration.

Webinar Instructions:

The Listening Session Webinar can be accessed at: www.webmeeting.att.com Meeting Number: 877.873.8018 Code: 3298940

When logging in, please include your email address and your name and hit the SUBMIT button to connect to the webinar. (Note: If you are hosting a group meeting for the webinar, please include the location of your meeting under “Enter Your Name”).

Participants will be able to submit questions via the Webinar chat function.

Satellite Webinar Sites:

Hart

Oceana County MSU Extension 210 Johnson St., Hart, MI

Contact: Ben Werling, MSUE 231-873-2129 or werlingb@anr.msu.edu

Marquette

Cadillac/Brule Rooms University Center Northern Michigan University 1401 Presque Isle Ave.

Contact: Abbey Palmer, Marquette Food Co-op 906-225-0671 x25 or apalmer@marquettefood.coop

For more information about FSMA and the Listening Session, visit www.michigan.gov/mdard or contact Jeanne Hausler, MDARD Food and Dairy Communications Specialist, at 517-256-8614 or hauslerj@michigan.gov.