Vt. ag boss urges awareness of food safety reform

RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says the state’s farm-related food businesses should be aware of new federal food safety regulations and speak up while they’re being crafted.

Ross made the comment Tuesday during a daylong conference on Vermont’s working landscape held at Vermont Technical College.

Ross was moderating one of a half-dozen panel discussions on issues as varied as how businesses can overcome regulatory barriers and addressing the challenges of climate change, energy issues and getting a better understanding of the forest products industry.

The event was the second summit held by the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the Food Safety Modernization Act is the most sweeping reform of the country’s food safety laws in more than 70 years.

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