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Food Safety

Research by Topic: Food Safety
National Agricultural Law Center
This website provides an overview of federal food safety law in the United States, including links to federal statutes and regulations governing food safety, and links to applicable case law and reports, among other resources.

Guidance & Regulation: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
United States Food & Drug Administration (USDA)
This website provides a number of FDA resources on the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA), including links to the statutes, proposed rules, agency guidance documents, and fact sheets.

The Food Safety Modernization Act: Learn More, Act Today!
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
This website provides an advocacy oriented perspective on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  It also contains links to user-friendly overviews of the legislation and the potential impacts of rules proposed under the Act.

Federal Food Safety Laws
National Conference of State Legislatures
This website provides a thorough overview of federal food safety regulations, and specifically covers the Food Safety and Inspection Services’ (FSIS’) authority under the Federal Meat, Poultry and Egg Products Inspection Act.

Raw Milk Facts: State by State
Real Raw Milk Facts
This website provides information on state-specific milk regulations for all 50 states.  Each state’s page also contains information on state bills and acts that are pertinent to milk regulations within that state.

Prevention Status Report 2013: Food Safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This report “highlight[s]—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of select practices that can help states prevent or reduce foodborne illness.”

Law Project
Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR)
This website provides access to CIFOR documents intended to provide agencies with “guidance for [foodborne disease] outbreaks both within agencies' jurisdictions and across multiple states and other jurisdictional boundaries.” 

General Information Sheet #15: Food Safety Questions & Answers
United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS)
This website provides guidance from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service on “the food safety provisions of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 104-265).”

A Farm Food Safety Toolkit: A Nationwide Survey
Colorado Farm to School Task Force
This website provides access to a report reflecting the “findings of a 50-state survey of farm food safety initiatives, demonstrating the diversity and creativity driving farm food safety initiatives across the nation.”

UrbanAgLaw Topics: Food, Ag, and Health Regulations
Sustainable Economies Law Center
This website “provides information about agricultural, health, and safety regulations affecting commercial urban farm operations on federal, state and local levels.” 

Understanding Food Safety Regulations for Farm-Direct Sales: A Study of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group; Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship; Conservation Law Foundation; Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
This resource is a 2007 report that “describes the regulatory framework that applies to farm-direct sales and the architecture of government agencies that have jurisdiction.  It identifies challenges and recommends policies.”  NOTE: although the general information is good, some specific state regulations may have changed since publication.