When the Food
Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was originally proposed in 2010, the
legislation would have destroyed small farms in America, burying them under a
mountain of paperwork and other onerous requirements. The inclusion of an
amendment from Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) meant that
producers making less than $500,000 a year in sales who also sold most of their
food locally would be exempted.
The FDA has
proposed a new rule that interprets the amendment’s language very narrowly,
leaving out artisanal food producers who make bread, cheese, oils, or other
prepared foods to be sold locally. These producers will now be responsible for
complying with the complicated and burdensome FSMA rules, which could lead to
many of them having to close down their business.
Tell the FDA
to comply with the intent of the Tester-Hagan amendment and exempt ALL
facilities that make less than $500,000 a year in sales who also sell most of
their food locally.
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Please Comply with the Intent of the Tester-Hagan Amendment!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]