WASHINGTON — The House voted late Wednesday to delay sweeping food safety rules that would require farmers "and food companies to be more vigilant about guarding against contamination.
Lawmakers adopted an amendment by voice vote to a wide-ranging farm bill just before midnight that would delay the rules signed into law in 2011 until the Food and Drug Administration conducts a study on their economic impacts.
The proposed rules would require farmers to take new precautions against contamination, to include making sure workers’ hands are washed, irrigation water is clean, and that animals stay out of fields, among other measures.
The amendment was offered by Republican Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan, who said the regulations would be burdensome to farmers in his district.
Earlier in the day, the House voted to cut food stamps by $2 billion a year as part of the farm measure."