ATLANTA, GA – The agriculture commissioner of Georgia is skeptical of newly proposed federal food safety rules and its effects on Georgia farmers.
Gary Black, asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to adjust how they would enforce a law that has over rebuilt the food safety system. The FDA has started reviewing the proposals after receiving similar requests from others.
Black says he is worried over rules that will govern farmers’ produce that is consumed by the public raw, or with little processing. He says the proposed rules are time-consuming and expensive for growers, and the farmers should not be treated as the food producers that have been inspected for years.
Food safety experts are backing the proposed rules, saying they will increase cost but will also carry benefits.