Is there anyone keeping track of the FDA’s food safety guidelines that
are being discussed in Congress? While I favor further food safety
initiatives, I understand that there is the possibility that the
guidelines may be enacted into law and that the cost of certification
and audits will be carried by the individual farmer no matter how
produce is marketed; the size of the farm; or the amount of product up
As organic and sustainable farmers who have been at the forefront of the
food safety, it seems to me that this is an unintended consequence of
your efforts. The consumers wants and deserves a safe food supply.
Supermarkets and retailers have liability and safety concerns. Are the
current food safety guidelines not a problem for you? Would meeting
specifications for new food safety legislation be a minor adjustment in
your operations and budgets? Will small farmers on the bubble be able
to carry the burden of any new cost alone? Should the cost for audits
be some how shared?
I’ve heard very little discussion on this. I’m curious and concerned.
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