ACTION ALERT: Proxy or Not, Here’s a Way to Amplify Your Voice in Defense of our Safest Farms/Food

November 8th, 2013

(This Action Alert is Over)
FDA Food Safety Comment Deadline is Nov. 15
 

Your Electronic Voice Can Help Save the Family Farms
Producing Our Nation’s Best Food

GoodFood2You can make a difference!  It’s the 11th hour.  Please comment directly on the FDA’s food safety web page to help save our nation’s organic/local produce farmers from potential ruin!  The FDA’s proposed food safety rules threaten to ensnare many of the country’s safest farmers in a tangle of expensive, misdirected regulations that may force many of our best farmers out of business.

Even if you sent in a signed proxy letter to Cornucopia for us to hand deliver to the FDA, you can add more comments on the FDA’s food safety web page.

There are two open dockets (farm production and processing).  Please submit your electronic comments to the FDA in these federal government webpages to the Produce Rule and to the Preventive Controls Rule (this is important because these issues affect both rules).  Then click on the “Comment Now” button on the upper right side of the regulations.gov web page.

For help with talking points and full background information, click here.  You can cut and paste the talking points but just a few personal lines, or a paragraph or two, will add a lot of weight in making your input “original.”

If you are trying to comment on the FDA’s food safety rules, and are receiving an error message from the Regulations.gov web page — this is very frustrating!  You have at least two options.  You can continue to try commenting online, and hopefully this problem will be rectified soon.

Alternatively, you might also want to mail (the old-fashioned way), the FDA your food safety comments.  This would need to be postmarked by Nov. 15 and sent to:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

All mailed comments must also include your name, organization (if any) and the appropriate docket number:

  • For the Preventive Controls Rule:  FDA-2011-N-0920 and RIN 0910-AG36
  • For the Produce Rule:  FDA-2011-N-0921 and RIN 0910-AG35

If you want to comment on both rules, you can mail them together but must label your comments with BOTH of those docket numbers.

We encourage you to keep trying to make your voice heard.  The food produced by our nation’s best and safest farmers, and treasured by all of us, is worth the effort to protect.

Please share this action alert with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter or other social media that you use. 

Better food safety oversight of factory farms and giant agribusinesses is needed — and appropriate — but it appears that the FDA and corporate lobbyists are using these food safety proposals to simultaneously crush the organic and local farming movements.  Together we can defend those farmers producing local, fresh, safe and nutritionally superior food.

It is critical for the good food community to come together right now.  We know you enjoy the bounty of nutritious, healthful food produced by our nation’s best farmers.  Please help protect family-scale farmers and maintain this alternative in the marketplace.

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