Ferd Hoefner, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition policy director, also expressed support for the FDA decision.
“Thousands of sustainable and organic farmers and local food system entrepreneurs responded with deep concerns to the original proposed rules FDA issued to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act,” he said in a release. “We commend FDA for listening carefully to those concerns and coming to the proper conclusion that significant changes are needed.”
Gombas said broad Congressional support for a second draft of the safety rules, expressed in a late November letter to agency officials, was a clear indication that another set of draft rules was likely.
Gombas said the comment period remains open for the foreign supplier verification and third party accreditation, while pending rules for intentional contamination and for sanitary transportation under review at the Office of Management and Budget.