Monday, October 21, 2013

Event: Food Safety Modernization Act and our Regional Food System (10-23-13)


Food Safety Modernization Act and our Regional Food System
When: Wednesday, October 23rd
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Tompkins Cortland Community College, Room 210B, Dryden, NY

The Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in January of 2011, grants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broad new powers to monitor food safety and significantly impacts how food is grown, handled and processed. In South Central New York and across the country, a strong regional food system is being re-envisioned, and small and mid-sized farms and alternative food distribution models are at the center of this change.

Join the Food and Health Network of South Central NY to learn about the food safety regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. A panel discussion will explore the potential impacts on different sectors of the food system, and alternative solutions. The event is open to the public.

Prior to the forum from 5:30-6:30 p.m., local producers are invited to attend an informational session on the "Sustaining Farm to School in New York State" pilot program. Local producers will learn more about the opportunity to sell product to area schools through Broome-Tioga BOCES. The informational session will highlight institutional food safety training needs and opportunities, including a two-day Cornell GAPs workshop on November 12-13 in conjunction with the pilot program. To register for the informational session, please contact Rose Zonetti at

Everyone has a stake in the future of our food and farms, and it is critically important that scale-appropriate regulations support sustainable agriculture and access to fresh, healthy, and local food. The forum is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend! The event is presented in partnership with NOFA-NY and Sustainable Cortland.

To RSVP, contact Erin Summerlee at, 607-692-7669. 

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