[The Food Safety Modernization Act] will forever change the way people relate to the food they eat. It will mean that virtually every aspect of farming and gardening will require and be subject to various licensing, fees, regulations, red tape, documentation, site inspections, and on and on and on. Those boxes of zucchini and tomatoes and cucumbers left in the post office will turn an otherwise overzealous home gardener into a smuggler. Say goodbye to your farm stands. Say goodbye to drinking your own cow’s milk. Legally, that is.
Sen. Jon Tester has introduced the “Tester Amendment” which would allegedly prevent these harmful regulations from affecting small family farms. However, Campaign for Liberty says these regulations will still be imposed on whoever the FDA decides. It could even affect your home garden if you sell vegetables or fruits at a local farmers market.
President John Tate states: “Don’t fall for their rhetoric about a few provisions that supposedly address concerns of small-scale farmers; the FDA still has all the power it needs to shut down family farms on a whim. In other words, it will be up to bureaucrats to decide whether or not local food production is decimated by federal regulations or shut down.”
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From NOFA web page
However, at this point there still are major problems in the mark-up of the bill – particularly with the facility definition that could impact on-farm value-added food production. So too, the valuable food safety training and education provisions put forth by Senator Debbie Stabanow of Michigan are not reflected in S.510 thus far. Attempts to introduce a definition (and require rule-making) of “animals of significant risk” so that farmers won’t have to install costly fencing against wildlife that has minimal proven impact on food safety are not yet included. And provisions to allow organic certifiers to also serve as food safety inspectors have not been incorporated.
Whether these provisions will be included by the HELP committee in the initial mark-up or not, once the bill is released to the whole Senate there will be an increased opportunity for citizens to get further amendments and modifications into the bill in the floor action before an overall vote by the entire Senate. Please keep an eye open for Alerts on all this.
Then, most likely early next year, S.510 and the House version, HR-2749 will go to a House-Senate Conference Committee to resolve the differences – this will be another point of input, as will be the final rule-making phase with FDA