Some agriculture and food industry groups also have expressed displeasure with concessions made to placate small farmers and food processors. The provision, by Democrats Jon Tester of Montana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, was folded into the manager’s package Nov. 18; it would exempt from the new regulations small farmers and food facilities with less than $500,000 in annual sales that directly market to consumers in a 275-mile area.
Good. Though I love the idea that under $500,000 is small.
The United Fresh Produce Association and 19 fruit and vegetable groups have warned Senate leaders that they would oppose the bill if it retains that language.
Good! Big Food infected the supply chain, not the little guys!
The House passed its own food safety bill (HR 2749) in July 2009. That bill’s sponsor, Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., was engaged in negotiations on the Senate manager’s language, to clear the way for final action by the House.
I'd really like it if a Michigander would fill us in on what Dingell is up to. Gardening and growing being a big part of the under-the-radar Detroit renaissance...