USDA and FDA are working together to provide aid for farmers with flood-damaged crops

This week, the USDA and FDA announced in a press release that assistance will be available to farmers whose crops were damaged by severe flooding from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

According to the press release, "FDA considers ready-to-eat crops whose edible portion has been in contact with flood waters to be adulterated due to potential exposure to sewage, animal waste, heavy metals, pathogenic microorganisms, or other contaminants. Therefore, these crops should not enter the food or animal feed supply. Crops insured by federal crop insurance or by the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) are covered when floodwaters have rendered them valueless."

Michael Scuse, Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, stated that, we are closely working with the FDA to protect people and livestock from damaged crops, while not penalizing the farmer whose crops are affected." "I want to assure insured farmers that they are covered under the federal crop insurance program for crops not harvested due to flood damage. America's farmers and rural communities are vitally important to our nation's economy, producing the food, feed, fiber and fuel that continue to help us grow and out-compete the rest of the world."

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Posted 9/14/2011