In order to prevent and address the more the 48 million food borne illnesses in the U.S., in 2011, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This bill is implements a series of regulations that work toward preventing these diseases by requiring more safety protocols among foreign producers. The FDA said that this reform is the largest change to our food safety laws in more than 70 years. These FSMA regulations are good news for wholesale coffee producers and manufacturers and will not only affect coffee, but all manufacturers worldwide that ship to the U.S.”
A partial summary per the FDA is as follows:
To minimize the risk of serious adverse health consequences or death from consumption of contaminated produce, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to establish science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce, meaning fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. FDA is proposing these standards as part of our implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). www.fda.gov
Where Can I Find Out More About the New Standards?
The FDA has published a Website to explain the specific details of “foreign supplier verification program” (FSVP.com) proposed rule, which would help ensure the safety of foods imported into the U.S. by making importers accountable for verifying that the food they import is produced using processes and procedures that achieve the same level of public health protection for imported food as required of domestic growers and processors under FSMA's new standards for produce safety and preventive controls. www.regulations.gov
What Does this Mean to the Coffee Industry?
According to “globalexchange.org” (also need a link to exact page where you found this information), coffee is the world's second most valuable traded commodity, behind only petroleum. There are approximately 25 million farmers and coffee workers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee around the world. This bill is going to have a major impact on the quality of the coffee that we import. The cost may rise on the commodities end, but the result will be a superior and safe product for our consumers.
We at Woodshed Roasting offer only Specialty Coffee from around the world. This is the top 20% of the crop:
• We have Certified Fair Trade Coffee
• Certified Organic Coffee
• Bird Friendly Coffee
• Shade Grown Coffee
• Rain Forest Alliance Coffee
• Water Process Decaf Coffee
• A Variety of Custom Flavored Coffees.
We purchase the finest coffee available. Feel free to browse our further into our Website to learn more about our products and process.