Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

 

Manure and compost containing manure and other components of animal origin are potential vectors for pathogens that many contaminate produce that is eaten raw. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will also set standards for application intervals of compost with materials of animal origin depending on how it has been treated The FDA is supposed to release the final rules in the fall of 2015. The proposed rules are:

Treated Amendments (from NSAC website, May 2015) http://sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/learn-about-the-issues/manure-and-compost/

The following intervals between application and harvest apply, depending on the type of treatment that the biological soil amendment of animal origin has undergone:

  1. Static composting that maintains aerobic (i.e. oxygenated) conditions at a minimum of 131 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius) for 3 days, and is followed by adequate curing, which includes proper insulation.
  2. Turned composting that maintains aerobic conditions at a minimum of 131 degrees F for 15 days, with a minimum of five turnings, and is followed by adequate curing, which includes proper insulation.

 If temperature records are not kept, the compost must be considered untreated.

 

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