Speaker | FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
College Park, MD | (240) 402-0335 | David.Ingram@fda.hhs.gov
Dr. David Ingram joined FDA/CFSAN in 2013 as a Consumer Safety Officer with the Division of Produce Safety in the Office of Food Safety. Previous experience includes over 14 years of service as a Food Safety Microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) in Beltsville, Maryland., Dr. Ingram’s research has been instrumental in the development of the United States Composting Council (USCC) testing standards for human pathogens in compost and his work on the fate of human microbial pathogens during the production of compost and compost teas was used to develop compost tea Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) by the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB). Dr. Ingram serves in many capacities in continuance of his commitment to promote public health by enhancing the safety of our nation’s food supply – mainly through the development of feasible, science-based regulations designed to reduce the incidence of food borne illness
Presentation Title: Food Safety Modernization Act: Implications for Composters
Presentation Summary: The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has addressed food safety risks associated with the use of Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin (BSAAO) through the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule that was published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2015. During the initial proposal and comment period for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (21 CFR Part 112), concerns were raised about a proposed nine-month interval between the application of raw manure and the harvest of produce crops covered by the rule, and a proposed 45-day interval after the application of composted manure. Many commenters felt the provisions would be too burdensome for produce growers and may be more restrictive than necessary to achieve the intended benefit to public health. Thus, the FDA finalized a zero days-to-harvest interval for FSMA compliant compost and “RESERVED” a decision on the minimum application interval of untreated BSAAO pending outcome of additional research and a risk assessment.
FDA continues to message that in terms of food safety, wherever possible, the use of treated forms of BSAAO (e.g. compost) is preferential to the use of untreated BSAAO (e.g. raw manure) when amending soils intended to grow fruits and vegetables. This discussion will include current FDA risk assessment, research efforts and a brief overview of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards included in Subpart F – Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin and Human Waste. However, the primary focus of this talk will be to outline the benefits and challenges of using treated forms of BSAAO (e.g. compost), identifying management strategies to minimize food safety risks associated with the preparation, storage, and transportation of compost as well as help understand the documentation that growers will need to provide inspectors when using compost in accordance with the Produce Safety Rule – Subpart F – Records Requirements (21 CFR § 112.60).
Session: Compost Uses and Markets: Critical Info for Customers
Time: Wednesday, January 30, 8:45 AM – 10:15 AM