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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Does HR 875 mean the end of Farmer's Markets?


What this will do is force anyone who produces food of any kind, and then transports it to a different location for sale, to register with a new federal agency called the “Food Safety Administration.” Even growers who sell just fruit and/or vegetables at farmers markets would not only have to register, but they would be subject inspections by federal agents of their property and all records related to food production. The frequency of these inspections will be determined by the whim of the Food Safety Administration. Mandatory “safety” records would have to be kept. Anyone who fails to register and comply with all of this nonsense could be facing a fine of up to $1,000,000 per violation.

Source: Cryptogon
Hat Tip: Jon Ham, in Right Angles
Related: GovTrack on HR 875


Commentary

Be sure to read the article, and the proposed legislation to see what you can make of it. Normally, I'd brush this kind of thing off as being fringe, but then again, I remember that the children are now in charge of Congress and the White House, with the Supreme Court hanging precariously in the balance. It could get downright scary if the feds try to regulate trade at Farmer's Markets or tailgate markets.

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