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Tribal Listening Session on FDA’s Food Safety Act

Tribal Listening Session on FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act Regulations

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will conduct a Listening Session as its preliminary outreach to tribal governments about proposed rules on “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”  The webinar was created by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) on behalf of the FDA.

The discussion of these proposed regulations is relative to the larger Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The one-hour webinar is Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Interested parties can go here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/455943632974662912

The webinar will focus on the proposed rules and next steps. NCAI has indicated to FDA that the webinar is not an official consultation with tribes, but is only to receive initial tribal feedback. NCAI has asked the FDA to develop an official consultation plan with tribes. First Nations Development Institute also has expressed concern about how the act may affect tribes and tribal producers, especially tribes that have recently entered into or who are considering starting food-related and value-added food businesses.