By Judith McGeary, Esq.
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
After nearly a decade of congressional debates, regulatory wrangling and implementation delays, the deadline for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is now approaching. Thanks to organizations working for small farmers, artisan producers and local food consumers, most small-scale producers are exempt from the bulk of the new regulations under FSMA.
But exempt from the regulatory requirements does not mean you can ignore it. Producers need to confirm that they fit within the exemptions and take some steps in terms of record-keeping, signage, and possibly registering and filing statements with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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