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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Tell FDA to Not Apply Burdensome Restrictions to Small Farmers, Ranchers and Growers - particularly Organic

Dear Folks,

I'm back for a trip and found a quickly expiring comment time on a very important issue with the FDA.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has been proposed to handle health issues related to growing practices, among them how manure, water etc. is handled.  Much of this arose from some of the bacterial contamination cases which occurred where manure runoff from infected animals contaminated fields of vegetables.

Among the problems with the wording (according to Oregon State's excellent point list) are that many of the requirements directly contradict the requirements for, and keeping, Organic Certification.

Read through Oregon's point list and then please, please, consider commenting.  It is not arduous - you can even choose not to include your name.

Please pass this around ASAP.  The comment period expires November 15, 2013.

Oregon State put together an excellent point list of the problems with the proposed changes and I incorporated the link into my comment.

Cut and paste this link into the body of your comment.

Go to this link and scroll down to comment form

FDA - Comment Form

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