Locavores Say Food Safety Bill Could Hurt Small Farms

Michael Pollen, Eric Schlosser want protections
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2010 2:03 PM CST
Locavores say small farms should be exempt from proposed new FDA regulations.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

(Newser) – A major food safety bill cleared a Senate hurdle today, but it's getting friction from a group you might not expect: locavores. They want small family farms to be exempt from the sweeping new regulations and are pushing for an amendment to that effect from Montana Democrat Jon Tester. Two high-profile names from the food world are on board, notes Food Safety News: Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. "S 510 is the most important food safety legislation in a generation," they said in a joint statement. "The Tester amendment will make it even more effective, strengthening food safety rules while protecting small farmers and producers. We both think this is the right thing to do."

Another potential holdup is an amendment from Dianne Feinstein to put limits on the use of the plastics chemical bisphenol-A in food and beverage containers, notes the AP. Negotiations with both senators continue as the Senate proceeds with the bill, which would still have to be reconciled with a House version from last year. Time is running out to get that down in the lame-duck session. The Hill has more details on the proposed new FDA powers.

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