Will Food ‘Safety’ Rules Further Oppress Family Farms?

With the Food and Drug Administration on the verge of finally implementing the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, warning flags are being raised that certain elements of proposed regulations would put the kaibash on the Good Food Movement once and for all.

The FDA’s draft rules are so off the mark that they might economically crush the country’s safest farmers while ignoring the root threats to human health, according to a white paper released yesterday by The Cornucopia Institute.

Cornucopia’s report inspects and analyzes the FDA’s draft regulations for implementing the new food safety law, and a new FDA guidance designed to control Salmonella in eggs produced by outdoor flocks. Cornucopia’s conclusion? That the new proposals would burden some of the United States’ smallest, healthiest farms with expensive regulations that are irrelevant to the small farmer. The abuses and health scares the Food Safety Modernization Act purports to protect citizens from, Cornucopia claims, stem in fact from industrial-scale farms and giant agribusiness food-processing facilities.

An amendment to the rule adopted by Congress exempted farmers doing less than $500,000 in business from the Food Safety Modernization Act’s guidelines. But in truth, the FDA proposes that it can, without any due process, almost immediately force small farms to comply with the same expensive testing and record-keeping requirements as factory farms. That means the FDA can target small farms on a case-by-case business and put each out of business.

Concerned farmers and consumers can download a proxy letter at Cornucopia’s website for delivery to the FDA encouraging the agency to reconsider some of key components of the proposed regulations.



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