BILL NO A07062
SAME AS SAME AS S02673
Amd S16, Ag & Mkts L
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
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 to support 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
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 has resulted in additional rule-
making, the proliferation of numerous guidance documents, and an abun-
dance of new standards.
Many farmers, especially those with small family farms, are concerned
about the costs and complexities associated with complying with the
federal FSMA. It is anticipated that some farms will need to modify
their practices and infrastructure in order to comply with the new regu-
lations. By establishing a Federal Food Safety Compliance Program, this
legislation offers a coordinated approach to assisting farmers' compli-
ance with federal food safety rules. The program provides a variety of
technical assistance to farmers, including information and education
programs and referrals to help farmers develop or modify farming, food
processing, and manufacturing practices in compliance with the current
federal law. Additionally, the 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.
Farming is an essential component to our state's culture and economy,
and our farmers deserve the support they need to comply with the
national directive. The Food and Safety Compliance Program will provide
the assistance farmers need to meet the requirement of FSMA.
2013-2014: 5.7037 / A.9118
This act shall take effect immediately.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
April 23, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. MAGEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
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:
1 Section 1. Section 16 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by
2 adding a new subdivision 45 to read as follows:
3 45. ESTABLISH A FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO
4 SUPPORT FARMERS IN COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY RULES. UNDER SUCH
5 PROGRAM THE DEPARTMENT SHALL FORM PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE NEW YORK STATE
6 AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION, SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS,
7 COOPERATIVE EXTENSION, AND OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE
8 SUCH SUPPORT AND SHALL ASSIST SUCH PARTNERS IN SEEKING FEDERAL AND
9 PRIVATE SOURCES OF FUNDS FOR SUCH PROGRAM ASSISTANCE. THE PROGRAM SHALL
10 PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
11 INFORMATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND REFERRALS TO HELP SUCH FARMERS IN
12 DEVELOPING OR MODIFYING FARMING, FOOD PROCESSING AND MANUFACTURING PRAC-
13 TICES TO ACHIEVE COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY REQUIRE-
14 MENTS. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CONSULT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC
15 DEVELOPMENT TO IDENTIFY SOURCES OF FUNDING TO ASSIST FARMERS THAT MAY
16 NEED TO INITIATE CAPITAL PROJECTS TO COMPLY WITH CHANGES IN FEDERAL FOOD
17 SAFETY RULES.
18 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.