Food Safety Modernization Act – artisanal cheesemakers and dairies

Dr. Dennis D'Amico

Dr. Dennis D’Amico

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in January 2011. The USDA seeks comments on proposed rules and regulations from farmers, producers, handlers, resellers and consumers. The comment period ends Nov. 15. In a recent webinar, Dr. Dennis D’Amico of UConn described relevant changes within FSMA and their potential impact on artisanal cheesemakers and dairies. D’Amico urged those affected to send comments to the USDA before the comment deadline.

Food Safety Modernization Act
One of many significant changes is a shift in the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) from being reactive to preventive,  D’Amico explained. New rules are not all based in science. [Read the full story here.]

View a one-hour, FSMA webinar by Dr D’Amico and others  at

Learn more about FSMA and how it could affect farmers at  and


About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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