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Food Safety Bill - Small Farms to be Exempt

Senate reaches agreement on food safety bill to exempt small farms.

October 19, 2010

Washington - Some small farms will be exempt from government efforts to prevent foodborne illness under a Senate agreement on food safety legislation announced Thursday.

Operators of smaller farms and advocates for locally produced food have worried that the bill's requirements could force small farms out of business.  The Senate agreed that farmers who make less than $500,000 a year and sell directly to consumers, restaurants or grocery stores within their states or within 275 miles of their farms to avoid expensive food safety plans required for larger operations.

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