FSMA, foodies and the state of chow law

by Walter Olson on April 8, 2014

At Reason, Baylen Linnekin asks me and several other people what key story we’re watching in the world of food policy. My answer:

The big, ominous, and still underpublicized story this year has been the Food and Drug Administration’s development of regulations to implement Congress’ panic-driven, ill-thought-out Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. “Local growers are discovering that proposed FDA regulations would curtail many common techniques, such as using house-made fertilizers and irrigating from creeks,” reported the L.A. Times in February. Another batch of new rules will curtail the age-old practice of feeding livestock on spent beer grains, to the dismay of many small brewers and farmers. … Too bad for small, local, distinctive, traditional variety in food and farming….

Read the whole thing — including my semi-defense of the FDA on the legalities of the matter — here.

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1 MattS 04.08.14 at 3:31 pm

“Read the whole thing — including my semi-defense of the FDA on the legalities of the matter — here.”

Link missing.

2 Walter Olson 04.08.14 at 4:27 pm

Ouch, thanks, fixed now. Same link had appeared at the beginning of the post, but I forgot to add the (admittedly redundant) one at the end.

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