The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has RESERVED part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule regarding the application intervals for untreated Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin (BSAAO) that was published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2015. Marking this section as RESERVED was as a result of stakeholder concerns with application intervals in the proposed rule. The FDA is conducting additional research, working with other researchers, and working to conduct a formal risk assessment. The Soil Summits are designed to allow growers and others in the produce industry to provide information and insights that can inform this process to ensure FDA has a good understanding of how untreated BSAAO are used on produce farms and the challenges growers face on implementing practices to reduce risks.
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South Central Soil Summit Resources - December 12 - 13, 2017 Houston, Texas
- FSMA Produce Safety Rule Standards for Soil Amendments
This presentation by Dr. David Ingram, FDA Division of Produce Safety, Fresh Produce Branch provides clarification on requirements and future guidance regarding biological soil amendments of animal origin.
- Current FDA Efforts on Risk Assessment & Research
This presentation by Dr. David Ingram, FDA Division of Produce Safety, Fresh Produce Branch provides information on the need for conducting a risk assessment, regulatory context, and FDA’s next steps.
- Biological Soil Amendment Practices in Sustainable Agriculture
This presentation by Steve Diver, Farm Superintendent at the Horticulture Research Farm at the University of Kentucky, provides information concerning the role of microorganisms in agro-ecosystems that mimic nature; and gives an overview of the diversity of products and practices in use by the produce growing industry.
- Bio-Based Soil-Applied Products for Enhancing Growth and Disease Control in Vegetables and Strawberries
This presentation by Russ Wallace, Ph.D., Vegetable Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, provides information related to symbiotic soil relationships and the role of biological soil amendments of animal origin.
- Awareness of Food Safety Risks Associated with Biological Soil Amendments in the Production of Produce on Oklahoma Farms
This presentation by Bryan Buchwald, Section Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, provides information on the extent to which biological soil amendments of animal origin are used on Oklahoma farms.
- Composting and Soil Amendment Handling Resources
This document is a compilation of resources from participants the Geneva, South Central, and Southeastern Soil Summits.