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Oct. 17 webinar to cover food safety and the law

Oct. 15, 2018

By Sarah Cato  
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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  • Penn State attorney to provide FDA Food Safety Modernization Act update
  • Register online at http://nationalaglawcenter.org/consortium/webinars/fsmaupdates/

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jacqueline Schweichler, staff attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law, will address recent developments in the Food Safety Modernization Act through a webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center Wednesday, Oct. 17 at noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT.

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Jacqueline Schweichler, staff attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law.

FSMA, passed by Congress in 2011, brought about major changes in United States food safety laws. The law requires the Food and Drug Administration to create rules addressing produce safety, hazard analysis, preventive controls, and sanitary transportation of food, among other topics. These rules are designed to shift the focus of food safety regulations from contamination response towards contamination prevention.

The number of legal developments regarding FSMA in the last year include the announcement of an enforcement discretion period, guidance documents for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, draft guidance for the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals rule, small entity compliance guide for food facilities, and expanded funding for the Produce Safety rule.

Schweichler, who has contributed to publications relating to FSMA, will be discussing these recent developments, who they will affect and more, during the webinar.

“FSMA was a landmark legal development for the agricultural sector,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Since then, there have been a number of legal developments over the past year or so that producers, policymakers, industry and others need to be aware of.”

Register for the webinar here: http://nationalaglawcenter.org/consortium/webinars/fsmaupdates/.

For more information on FSMA or to learn about future webinars, visit nationalaglawcenter.org

About the National Agricultural Law Center

The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.

The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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