June 20, 2017

Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1654

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – The Local Food Safety Collaborative, a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) and the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), today launched a nationwide food safety survey. The results will help the organization address the needs of small producers and processors with regards to food safety and compliance with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.

This survey is one component of an assessment that the Collaborative is conducting to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the specific needs of small local producers and processors, food hubs, food aggregators or packers, organic farmers, and sustainable producers. FSMA will have broad implications for the farming community, and with the results of this assessment, the collaborative will be positioned to best direct resources to address their concerns.

The survey can be accessed at and will be open through the beginning of August. It is available in both English and Spanish. Participation is voluntary and should take no more than 20 minutes. Participants may also elect to be entered in a raffle to win one of twenty $100 gift cards.

While previous regional assessments have been completed, this is a national survey addressing food safety and FSMA. If you would like to request a paper version of the survey be sent to you, or if you wish to assist with distribution of the survey, please contact FSMA Project Coordinator Chelsea Matzen at 202-554-1600 or


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