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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is putting forth over reaching, heavy handed, idiotic regulation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Incase you can’t tell, I, and a lot of farmers, brewers, bakers, cheese makers and consumers think the government has gone way overboard. Now is the time to act because the new extended comment period ends March 31st – the FDA extended comment period due to the intense reactions they got the first time.
On the one hand we have the state telling us all organics have to be directed out of the waste stream but then we have the feds making that difficult to impossible. The latest nonsense is that the FDA is trying to put through rules under the FSMA that will make it harder for business such as stores and breweries to give their organics such as waste produce and spent barley mash from beer making to farms.
We need to put a stop to this nonsense of over regulations. It is not making our food safer. It merely puts more food into the land fills, stops recycling, raises the costs of food for consumers, increases the cost of doing business for the brewers, bakers, cheese makers, stores, farmers and other producers, and deprives livestock of good food so that the the farmers have to buy more expensive grains that could be used for human consumption. All of this is bad.
The FDA got such a bad reaction to their regulations during the listening period last fall that they delayed implementation and are having more listening sessions and comment periods. This is your opportunity to give input to the FDA that they need to back off. Now is the time to act because the new extended comment period ends March 31st. To comment go here:
Here is my comment:
It is not necessary for the government to be regulating, overseeing or interfering with brewers, bakeries, dairies and others who give or sell their excess, spent or other products to farmers for livestock feed. The FDA becoming involved will just cause good animal food to be diverted away from farms and into the landfills, increase the costs and paperwork involved. The FDA’s involvement will not result in any improvement in food safety.
The FSMA’s $500,000 gross sales exemption is too low and should be raised to $2,500,000 and only for same type products, not for gross sales of any other products at the establishment or business. This exemption should be coupled to inflation and raised annually. Any direct to consumer sales should be exempted.†
Furthermore, any thing related to livestock should be handled by the USDA, not the FDA.
The FDA is not qualified to be making regulations across so many climatic zones as demonstrated by their failure to properly word the application of manure and compost. What works in warm climates is not appropriate for colder northern climates. These issues should be left to the state.
Lastly, FSMA should be withdrawn and be handled completely at the state level. The scope of FSMA is too overreaching.
Food safety is good but the FDA’s FSMA is garbage.
Go leave your comments at:
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†The issue with the $500K limit is that typically 95% to 99% of a farmer’s gross income is overhead, feed, mortgage, taxes and other costs. The money doesn’t stick to their hands. $500K of gross annual sales can mean the farmer is typically making only $5,000 in actual personal income, or less. Same goes for many businesses. It sounds like a lot but everyone else gets paid first.