Make Our Food Safe

"Reps of small farms lobby for exemptions to broader FDA regulations"

Agweek | Jerry Hagstrom

"WASHINGTON — The food safety bill that fruit and vegetable growers pushed after outbreaks of foodborne disease from spinach and jalapeno peppers reduced consumer confidence but small farmers found worrisome is in trouble.

The United Fresh Produce Association and other groups initially thought tougher regulation on domestic and foreign production would restore consumer confidence, but Robert Guenther, a lobbyist for United Fresh, told Agweek on Sept. 22 the group favors a bill to give increased powers to the Food and Drug Administration only if it is based on 'science and risk' ... "

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