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Kevin Fain

Kevin Fain

Doctoral Fellow

Center for a Livable Future

How FDA Should Regulate the Safety of Fruits and Vegetables

fruits_and_vegetables2President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law in January 2011, which provided the FDA with additional regulatory tools to protect the nation’s food supply. Fruits and vegetables are some of the foods in need of protection, and the agency published a proposed rule earlier this year that would require farms to adopt new practices for growing produce. CLF appreciates FDA’s significant work in developing the rule, but we also have important concerns with its content.

Problems with the proposed rule

The FSMA is a recognition by Congress that produce can be a major contributor to foodborne illness. Read More >

How FDA Can Improve the Safety of Fruits and Vegetables

Early in 2011, President Obama signed a mandate for the FDA to better protect the nation’s food supply. Fruits and vegetables are some of the foods in need of protection—but the agency has yet to publish a regulation for how to make good on that mandate for produce safety. So what are the best ways to protect fruits and vegetables grown on farms? In the attached memorandum to FDA, CLF has outlined some specific steps for controlling threats to produce from animal waste, which would be a step forward in improving food safety. We’re hoping that the agency will listen. Read More >