The National Cattlemen's Beef Association voiced its opposition to the Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510, because an amendment offered by Senators John Tester, D-Mont. and Kay Hagan, D-N.C., exempting small food producers and processors is included in the legislation. NCBA's Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts says the exemption weakened the legislation and that basing exemptions on size, location and proximity to the market sets a dangerous precedent for our nation's safety system
At the same time a spokesman for United Fresh says they are disappointed that the Senate continues to ignore the egregious loopholes allowed in this legislation that will erode consumer confidence in our nation's food safety system. The loophole referred to is the exemptions for producers who sell directly to consumers and have less than $500,000 in annual sales
"Now, when going to a supermarket, restaurant, farmers market or roadside stand, consumers will be faced with the question of whether the fruits and vegetables offered for sale adhere to basic food safety standards or not," said Robert Guenther, United Fresh senior vice president of public policy.