Thursday, January 6, 2011
Food Safety Modernization Act
I am delighted to see the FDA has not gained power over the small farmer and homesteader -- defined as "direct-sales farms, farms with their own label, farms with sales less than $500,000, and farms that sell directly in state or within a 275-mile radius" -- as the cost of adherence to federal regulations might force us out of business. In the interest of public safety, the small farmer will continue to be overseen by state and local regulators.
“ 'It's obvious this final legislation is by no means perfect, as no legislation ever is,' says Stacy Miller, executive director of the Farmers Market Coalition, an organization active in advocating for the rights of small-scale farmers. 'What it does do is provide a framework, with appropriate limits, on how the FDA can control the food supply in order to ensure its safety, and in that sense does protect ‘the little guy’ by creating scale- and risk-appropriate alternatives. As the baton gets passed to the FDA for translating the legislation into regulation, it will be important for all of us in the sustainable-agriculture community to stay informed, continue discussion and help our farmers take proactive steps to produce safe, healthy food.' ”
For the full article, visit http://www.hobbyfarms.com/farm-industry-news/2011/01/04/food-safety-bill-awaits-signature.aspx?sc_cid=4702377