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Farmers Ask FDA for More Time to Analyze New Food Safety Rules
USAgNet - 03/15/2013

Over 270 organizations, food businesses and farms requested an extension of the comment period for two major proposed food safety rules. The groups seek more time to assess the effects of the 1,200 pages of rules on family farms and small food businesses.

The new regulations are an effort to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act passed by Congress and signed into law by the president in 2011. Unless extended, the public comment period closes May 16, 2013.

In a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the organizations cite the sheer volume and complexity of the proposed rules and the timing of the comment period during spring planting among the reasons to lengthen the comment period until September 13, 2013.

"Hundreds of thousands of family farmers and family-scale food producers will be subject to extensive new regulations," said Judith McGeary, Executive Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. "FDA took two years to develop the proposed rules, and our members need more than 120 days in order to understand all of the implications and submit substantive comments."

The letter also notes that many farmers, including those of Amish faith, do not have easy access through the internet to FDA documents or information on the proposals.

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