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New FDA Regulations Could Hurt Small Growers

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The Food and Drug Administration is getting ready to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act president Obama signed into law two years ago.

The law was created to ensure Americans are safe from food borne illnesses by focusing on preventing contamination.

The new regulations will hold small producers that distribute their produce locally to the same standard as large producers in California that sell nation-wide.    

The FDA is currently seeking public comment before the regulations officially go into effect.

But many Montana producers say they think the way the way the regulations are written now could put them out of business.

Three Hearts Farm owner Dean Williamson says safety is already one of the top priorities for all local growers.

"If I have a food borne illness, if my food, makes people sick, I'm out of business," said Williamson.

You can comment on the regulations through next Friday.

 

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