Held in Skagit County in Washington state, the Skagit Ag Summit allows farmers, businesses, and thought leaders from the agricultural industry to meet, discuss, and propose solutions to the most pressing issues that exist in farming and agriculture today. With the Food Safety Modernization Act having just gone into effect less than a year ago, it should come as no surprise that the regulatory impact of the FSMA, and the steps that will be needed to achieve compliance, was very much a topic of interest at this year’s Ag Summit, held on March 3rd and 4th. During his presentation “Food Safety Modernization Act and GAP Standards,” food safety scientist Don Stoeckel addressed many of the pressing questions surrounding compliance with the new FSMA regulations. In a recent article, Food Safety News provided detailed coverage of Stoeckel’s presentation, including discussion of the following areas:
- How companies can determine whether they must comply with the FMSA’s requirements, or are exempt.
- The different rules and regulations under which various groups of produce will fall.
- The impact of an organization’s size on its regulatory and legal responsibilities.
- What exactly constitutes a “farm?”
- The importance of water and the manner in which it is used for different agricultural activities.
- Considerations involving the handling of manure.
- Training requirements for farm employees, and the programs that will offer this training.
For a comprehensive, easy-to-understand review of the major challenges and considerations of the Food Safety Modernization Act, this article is highly recommended. To read the full article, click here.