Contest rewards people who buy New Mexico food, drink
Winners will get “Party in a Bag” to complete their holiday spreads
(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – If you’ve hosted one, you know: the most important part of any holiday gathering, aside from having friends and family present, is what food and drink to serve.
In an effort to encourage people to buy New Mexico-grown and New Mexico-made foods and beverages, New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is sponsoring a contest that will reward each of four winners with a “Party in a Bag” containing local foods, drinks, and other goodies to make for a great holiday spread.
NMDA encourages New Mexico’s farmers, ranchers, and food processors to comment on federal food safety proposals
Food Safety Modernization Act could affect New Mexico agriculture
New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is encouraging farmers, ranchers, and food processors across the state to weigh in on two federal food safety proposals that could impact how they do business.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is federal legislation that is being implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to that agency, the new law “enables FDA to focus more on preventing food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems after they occur.”
Because FSMA covers such wide-ranging areas as prevention, inspection, response, and imports, FDA will implement the new law portions at a time over the next few years. Right now, FDA is accepting comment on two proposals that will guide the implementation of FSMA.
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