FDA proposes new food safety standards for foodborne illness prevention and produce safety

Great news: As the co-owner of a sustainable farm, and a food safety trainer and advocate, I’m heartened to see the FDA’s two new, proposed rules, announced last Friday. The proposed rules shift the emphasis on food safety from reacting to contamination – to preventing it. One rule would require all domestic and foreign manufacturers of processed foods sold in the U.S. to develop plans for reducing the risk of contamination and to keep records that can be audited by government inspectors. The other would require farms to follow science-based safety standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and storing fruits and vegetables.