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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proactively leverages its resources and expertise to address consumer expectations for safe and nutritious food. For example:

  • Weve partnered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has federal oversight for food safety, and Cornell University to form the Produce Safety Alliance. The Alliance, which provides leadership in the produce safety arena, is working on several initiatives including the development of national good agricultural practices (GAPs).

  • We have a dedicated employee serving as liaison between the department and the FDA to assist with the development of food safety regulations.

  • Were working with the leafy greens industry on their proposed National Leafy Greens Agreement. As part of this effort we held seven hearing across the nation last year to gather industry input and feedback on the proposed rule.

  Last Modified Date: 08/04/2011