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    I am reading a lot of hysteria about the poor local farmer who just wants to sell his tomatoes at the local farmers market having to comply with all of these heavy handed regulations when it just isn't the case.  Read section 414A (b) below regarding the traceability of food.

    ‘SEC. 414A. TRACEABILITY OF FOOD.

    ‘(a) Establishment of System- Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall establish a traceability system described in subsection (b) for all stages of manufacturing, processing, packaging, and distribution of food.

    ‘(b) Description of System- The traceability system required by subsection (a) shall require each article of food shipped in interstate commerce to be identified in a manner that enables the Secretary to retrieve the history, use, and location of the article through a recordkeeping and audit system, a secure, online database, or registered identification.

    If the local farmer is growing and selling his food within the same state, this regulation, like all regulations in the FD&C act, do not apply to him for he is not introducing his product into interstate commerce, hence the FDA has no jurisdiction over him.  

    Let's all take a deep breath here. The above qouted text was taken from Senate bill 425.  I am not sure if this is the bill that you are referring to, but I can tell you that any bill will have the same language about interstate commerce.

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. - John F. Kennedy

    by gunny6247 on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 06:58:50 PM PDT

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