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Food Safety

Food: Recalls, Outbreaks and Emergencies
United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
This website “provides information regarding the measures FDA takes when a food product is mislabeled, presents a health risk because of contamination, or has caused an outbreak of illness.” The page includes links to information about recalls of foods and dietary supplements, outbreaks of foodborne illness, and other food emergencies.

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 & Nutrition Service on “the food safety provisions of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 104-265).”

Research by Topic: Food Safety
National Agricultural Law Center
This website covers key food safety issues including inspections, pesticide use, and foodborne illness.  The page contains links to the major statutes, regulations, case law, and administrative decisions concerning food safety, among other resources.

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

Grading, Certification and Verification: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Audit Programs
United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS)
This website provides information on voluntary independent audit programs for produce suppliers available through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, including Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits.  The website also includes links to the checklists USDA auditors follow, which help to inform producers about what auditors will look for during their visits.

A Farm Food Safety Toolkit: A Nationwide Survey
Colorado Farm to School Task Force
This resource provide 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.”

This website “is the gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.”  The website provides notifications and alerts regarding food recalls, tips for consumers on how to keep food safety, and an overview of the government’s role in protecting food safety.

Food Safety
Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law
This website provides links to a variety of fact sheets and other resources explaining how food safety may be addressed in various food access efforts, such as food donation programs and farm to school programs.