Food Safety Modernization Act
In 2011, former President Barrack Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act. Broken into seven different rules, the legislation created significant regulatory requirements for companies up and down the food supply chain. For producers, this resulted in testing requirements designed to limit the threat of pathogens such as E. coli from produce grown and sold in the US. Unfortunately, while well-intentioned, the FSMA process has introduced new regulatory burdens to an industry that already has faced rising compliance challenges in recent years. While our growers are committed to ensuring the safety of their commodities, we believe there should be a greater understanding brought to the FDA and other agencies as to how onerous and complex some of these requirements might be. We continue to work with these agency partners in order to help ensure these concerns are addressed.