Regulators Propose New Food Safety Rules for Farms, Suppliers

Proposed new food safety rules aim to make food processors and farms more accountable for reducing foodborne illnesses.

U.S. regulators have proposed new food safety rules on Friday that aim to make food processors and farms more accountable for reducing foodborne illnesses, reports [2] Reuters. The new rules, required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that was signed into law two years ago, were announced by the FDA and would require makers of food to be sold in the U.S. to develop a formal plan for preventing their products from causing foodborne illness. A second rule proposes safety standard requirements for farms that produce and harvest fruits and vegetables. Farms would be required to meet national standards for the quality of water applied to their crops.