Gives the commissioner of agriculture and markets the power to establish a federal food safety compliance assistance program to support farmers in complying with federal food safety rules.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to federal food safety compliance assistance
This bill establishes a Federal Food Safety Compliance Program in New York State to assist farmers in complying with changes in federal food safety regulations.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends Section 16 of the Agriculture and Markets Law by adding a new Subdivision 45. This subdivision authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Markets to establish a Federal Food Safety Compliance Assistance Program. This program will support and assist farmers in complying with federal food safety rules. It will also identify sources of funding to help farmers pay for capital projects that are required to comply with federal food safety rules.
Section 2 provides the effective date.
In 2010, the federal government enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This act was the most significant update of federal food safety laws since 1938. The FSMA provides the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with broad powers to regulate the way foods are grown, harvested, and processed. This will result in additional rulemaking, numerous guidance documents, and a stream of new standards.
Many farmers, especially those with small family farms, are concerned about the cost and difficulty of complying with the federal FSMA. It is anticipated that some farms may need to modify their practices and infrastructure in order to comply with the new requirements.
Therefore, by establishing a Federal Food Safety Compliance Program, this bill seeks to provide a coordinated approach of ongoing education, information, and technical assistance to help farmers comply with federal food safety rules. This program will use existing resources to explain the new requirements and identify funding sources that can be used to help farmers comply with the FSMA.
This is a new bill.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7037 IN SENATE April 21, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to federal food safety compliance assistance THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 16 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new subdivision 45 to read as follows: 45. ESTABLISH A FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO SUPPORT FARMERS IN COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY RULES. UNDER SUCH PROGRAM THE DEPARTMENT SHALL FORM PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE NEW YORK STATE AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION, SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS, COOPERATIVE EXTENSION, AND OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE SUCH SUPPORT AND SHALL ASSIST SUCH PARTNERS IN SEEKING FEDERAL AND PRIVATE SOURCES OF FUNDS FOR SUCH PROGRAM ASSISTANCE. THE PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND REFERRALS TO HELP SUCH FARMERS IN DEVELOPING OR MODIFYING FARMING, FOOD PROCESSING AND MANUFACTURING PRAC- TICES TO ACHIEVE COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY REQUIRE- MENTS. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CONSULT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO IDENTIFY SOURCES OF FUNDING TO ASSIST FARMERS THAT MAY NEED TO INITIATE CAPITAL PROJECTS TO COMPLY WITH CHANGES IN FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY RULES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14451-01-4