Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Sandra Adams

If your business was subject to an unannounced, warrantless inspection, would you rather it be state or federal officials knocking on your door?

That very question is being raised in Virginia for about 400 farms that produce more than $25,000 in annual income from fresh fruits and vegetables. Those farms are subject to the rules and regulations of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including warrantless inspections.

ruston,va_406x250Most warrantless inspections are prohibited by both the U.S. Constitution and Virginia Constitution, but they are called for by FSMA. That means inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will, for
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