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Pushing FDA to go after small farmers

From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:

“The Center for Food Safety has filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over its alleged failure to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

You may remember the FSMA–it’s the contentious law enacted in early 2011 that gives the FDA broad new powers to enter farms and other food producers without warrants, to force food producers to have detailed food safety plans (or show they meet strict requirements for an exemption), and to inspect farms to assess their farming practices (enforce so-called “good agricultural practices”), even gives the FDA potential authority over intrastate food sales.

The CFS is one of those sanctimonious Washington nonprofits that seems to be saying the right things–get rid of Agent Orange in soy, save the bees, no genetically engineered apples–but toes the party line on using food safety as an excuse to crack down on small farms.      Continue reading

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Time running out for Irish raw milk?

From the Offaly Express:

THE Campaign for Raw Milk has urged the Government not throw away what they describe as ‘a real business opportunity for small farmers’.

Within two months the Irish Government will ban the sale of ‘raw’ (unpasteurised) milk direct to consumers. The move is being taken despite the fact that, according to campaigners, the product represents a valuable opportunity as a niche market for small, specialist dairy farmers. Repeated attempts to convince the Government of this have fallen on deaf ears. In other countries where the product is legally available, consumption is increasing. The Campaign for Raw Milk is comprised of food industry organisations as well as food businesses and consumers. Continue reading

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