The farming industry is pushing back against two new regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which are aimed at food safety but could be costly to both farmers and consumers.
“At some point small farmers may just say this isn’t worth it anymore and get out of the business altogether,” said Karen Harned, executive director of National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Center.
The FDA says the rules are a critical step in making sure food-borne illnesses are prevented, rather than spending critical time and money trying to stop an outbreak once it’s started.
The proposal dictates how farms that produce fruits and vegetables for sale in the U.S. must grow, harvest and pack the items. The agency says the rules “are the result of extensive outreach by the FDA with consumers, government, industry, researchers and many others.”
But critics of the two proposals say they will burden U.S. businesses at a time when they’re already struggling to remain profitable.