From the WSJ last month (Division of Labour) on the big federal food-safety bill sailing through Congress:
:…small farmers worry the measure’s fees and inspection requirements would be ruinously expensive and are pushing for exemptions.
“I know people who have been small farmers for 25 to 30 years who are looking to get out of the business because food safety is becoming so alarmist,” said Mary Alionis, whose eight-acre Whistling Duck Farm in Grants Pass, Ore., sells produce to farmers markets and restaurants.
Big food companies generally support the bill, judging the added expenses it would bring to be small compared with the potential financial damage of a vast product recall.
It’s a pattern we’ve seen before.