FDA takes first steps to modernize food-safety regulations under new law

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made progress this week in modernizing  food-safety regulations to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses. The FDA finalized the first two out of seven major rules under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These two rules, known as preventive-controls rules, focus on implementing modern food manufacturing processes for both human and animal foods. Read More »

Census: U.S. female-operated farms more than doubled since 1982

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service said the number of female-operated farms more than doubled between 1982 and 2012. Nearly 1 million women are farming, a number that represents 30 percent of U.S. farmers. Furthermore, 14 percent of the nation's 2.1 million farms and 22 percent of the nation's oil seed farms had a female principal operator in 2012. Read More »

ASTA wants Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act to pass

,.The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) said last week that it supports a national law that would override confusing state labeling regulations for bioengineered ingredients. ASTA President and CEO Andrew LaVigne praised the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and said it includes uniform rules and a national certification program instead of a mish-mash of state laws that would leave consumers’ heads spinning and increase their grocery bills. Read More »