By: Bob Meyer
Arguing that milk leaving U.S. dairy farms is an unlikely target for a terrorist attack, National Milk Producers Federation has asked the Food and Drug Administration to exempt dairy producers from “intentional adulteration” regulations being issued under the major rewrite of federal food safety laws.
In comments filed with FDA, NMPF contends it is hard to predict where milk from any one dairy farm will go because of constantly changing processing needs around the country. As a result, milk leaving a dairy farm is unlikely to be a target for intentional adulteration. In addition, the organization says dairy farms already employ a number of general security strategies that further reduce the risks to plant-bound milk.
National Milk along with the International Dairy Foods Association contend dairy processing plants should also be exempt from the new regulations because like dairy farms, “processing facilities have taken an active approach to applying food defense concepts.”
In all, FDA has proposed seven major regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in January 2011. Only one rule addresses terrorism, while the others have less direct impact on dairy farms. NMPF will be submitting comments at the end of this month on a major proposed FSMA regulation addressing sanitary transport.
Read the NMPF comments here:
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