Safety rulings impact to be discussed at workshops

Posted May 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

The Food Safety Modernization Act passed in December 2010 addressed improvements needed to the U.S. Food Supply. Improvements identified included standards to ensure safety of fresh produce. The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 required food facilities to follow preventative control rules and register with Food and Drug Administration. The newly released fresh produce standards address safety of foods often consumed in raw form.

Under these new proposed regulations, Iowa growers need to be aware of new definitions. A broad definition of food is used – thus any item grown or produced on a farm that is ultimately intended for human consumption is considered a food. This includes seeds and soybeans and livestock, not just produce sales. This also includes prepared foods such as pies and cookies that might be sold with farm-grown produce at a roadside stand.

A workshop will be held on Thursday, May 30 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to provide guidance for producers on these new regulations. Extension offices across East Central Iowa will be hosting a live webinar presented by members of the On-Farm Food Safety Team.

One of the workshops will be held at the Jones County Extension Office in the new Citizens State Bank Youth Development Center in Monticello.

Others will be held at the Dubuque County Extension Office in Dubuque, the Delaware County Extension Office in Manchester, and the Jackson County Extension Office in Maquoketa.

Dr. Angela Shaw and Paul Domoto will provide a 1½-hour workshop which will provide an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act and GAP standards.

This workshop is a producer outreach effort coordinated by the Buy Fresh Buy Local – River Bend Chapter committee.

To register for any of the above locations, contact Regional Foods Coordinator Brittany Bethel at or call 563-583-6496, ext. 12. Registration deadline is Monday, May 27th.