food safety exemptions

Eight years after the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed by Congress, the Tester-Hagan amendment is coming into focus. It is a loophole that keeps on growing for an exemption that may never quit.

Named for Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, and Sen. Kay Hagan, D-NC, the amendment was a late concession obtained by the two freshmen lawmakers just before the FSMA passed in 2010. Its purpose was to exempt small producers serving only local markets from all the preventive food safety standards that the Food and Drug Administration would be imposing.

Without the Tester-Hagen amendment, Congress would have been
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A new cottage food bill exempting Colorado small poultry producers from inspections — including safety inspections — is moving forward, having passed the state Senate. Senate Bill (SB) 16-058, now before the House, also amends the Colorado Cottage Foods Act to exempt home kitchens from food inspections, as long as their sales don’t exceed $10,000 annually. It promises Colorado citizens “unimpeded access to healthy food from known sources.” COstateCap_406x250At the heart of the bill is the concept of “informed end consumers.” “Informed end consumer means a person who is the last person to purchase any product, who does not resell
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