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NASDA and FDA have collaborated to develop steps for Produce Safety Rule inspections as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s implementation. The new inspection process is designed to provide nationwide consistency and constructive feedback to farmers about exactly what is examined and how inspections relate to regulation. Also, the USDA announcedon Feb. 4 that $1 million in matching grant funding is now available to state departments of agriculture, state colleges and universities, and other eligible state agencies through the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program.

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