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Forum in Amagansett to Explore Food Safety Modernization Act

Posted on 12 June 2013

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will impact farmers of Long Island. To prepare farmers and consumers, on June 20, the Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) will present a workshop with Jason Foscolo of The Food Law Firm for East End farmers, food entrepreneurs, and consumers.

The workshop will describe the areas of agricultural production which the law will regulate, the exemptions available to East End farmers, and guidance on how farmers and consumers can still influence the final regulations that will ultimately be promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Act.

President Obama signed the FSMA in January of 2011. The act represents the first time food safety laws have been restructured on a national level since the 1930s. FSMA will expand the powers of the FDA to locate food safety concerns by addressing standards for on-farm produce production and processing facilities.

Jason Foscolo served five years as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps. His time abroad gave him new insight and appreciation for the food. After separating honorably from active duty in 2010, Jason pursued his passion for all-things edible by attending the University of Arkansas School of Law LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law, the only program of its kind in the United States.

AFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of farmers and food producers on the East End of Long Island. AFI ‘s mission is to support, promote, and advocate for the farmers and other food producers on the East End. AFI plans to comment for members on FDA’s new regulations before the deadline in mid- September.

The event will be held Thursday, June 20th at 6pm in the Silas Marder Gallery on 120 Snake Hollow Road. It is free for members of AFI and $25 for non-members.

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