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S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, is not so much about food safety standards (we already have good regulations and guidelines on how food should be handled and grown); rather, this bill is actually about traceability and accountability.
Industrial agricultural companies mix together produce from innumerable sources for national distribution. This is where all of the recent large contamination incidents have originated and why a food safety bill is needed. The industrial food chain needs traceability and accountability.
Meanwhile, small farmers who sell directly to consumers - at farmers market or farm stands - are accountable to their customers (not to mention the Oregon Dept of Ag and local sanitarians). The system is imminently traceable, since there is a direct path from farm to market to customer. To add a federal regulation system - on top of the local and state regulations all small producers are already subject to - would be redundant and onerous, and it could well drive many farmers out of business.
That's why we need to support the passage of an amended S. 510 to ensure that consumers can continue to choose to buy the safest and healthiest food possible. http://www.change.org/oregonrural/petitions/view/keep_small_farms_safe_in_the_food_safety_bill
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