[permaculture] SB510 status update (current lobbying efforts) Food groups oppose exempting small, local shops from safety protocols

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at bellsouth.net
Tue Nov 16 15:50:52 EST 2010


Meatingplace Industry News - PM
Food groups oppose exempting small, local shops from safety protocols

By Rita Jane Gabbett on 11/15/2010

More than 30 groups representing poultry, meat and other fresh food
makers sent a letter today to legislators asking them to oppose an
amendment to the Food Safety Modernization Act that would exempt some
small food producers, such as farmers' market vendors, from certain
food safety protocols. A copy was made available to Meatingplace.
"We believe an operation's size, the growing practices used, or its
proximity to customers does not determine whether the food offered is
safe," the groups said in a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who
chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and
ranking minority committee member Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wy.). "What
matters is that the operation implements prudent product safety
practices, whether the product is purchased at a roadside stand, a
farmers' market or a large supermarket.

"We believe technical assistance, training, extended transition
timeframes for compliance and financial support are more appropriate
ways to assist small businesses throughout the food distribution
chain to comply with important food safety standards," the letter
added.

Groups signing the letter included, among others, the American Meat
Institute, National Chicken Council, National Meat Association,
National Pork Producers Council and National Turkey Federation.



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