Small Farms Exempt from Food Safety

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Some small farms may be exempt from stricter regulations to keep food safe.
The Food Safety Bill being debated in Congress would allow the FDA to create stricter guidelines to prevent food borne illnesses.

Many small farmers fear these new regulations could put them out of business.
The Senate agreed last night that specific small farms will not have to follow these guidelines. Farms that earn less than $500,000 a year and sell directly to their buyer.

But local farmer, Dale Artho says more regulations still mean more cost to farmers because of increased testing and inspections. Artho says "All regulations end up being born by two people: the producer and the consumer. Both of us will share in the cost of those in the long run and our country becomes increasingly more expensive to live in. So, how much do you want to spend?"

Consumers will see these rising costs only gradually. In light of recent outbreaks, these measures hope to improve food safety, but cannot guarantee it.

Artho says some of the responsibility is up to the consumer. The Senate will vote on the bill after Thanksgiving.