National Editor Tom Karst Well, there is not panic in the streets the first day of sequester cuts, as Congress weighs the fallout and speculates on the arrival of a grand bargain.
But there is no reason to be giddy, despite the temptation to do so. Personal income statistics in January were glum, the Commerce Department reports. The March 1 report showed that personal income decreased 3.6% in January, owing mainly to a rise in employee contributions for social security. Not a lot of extra cash for fresh produce, perhaps.
The February Agricultural Prices report showed lower prices for lettuce, corn, broccoli but higher prices for celery and oranges.
Check out the editing done on the produce safety rule by the Office of Management and Budget after the FDA submitted it.
The OMB won’t be the last time the document sees a red pen or the delete key. Here one commenter on the produce safety rule finds an issue with the compost provision.
To whom it may concern. In response to a grower question in regards to GAPs I spent considerable time a while back attempting to find regulation information as to what constitutes safe compost. To my knowledge there is no standard. This is likely because scientific studies showing how long it takes for bacteria in compost to be consumed by other organisms or diluted to non-detectable levels is highly variable and inconclusive. Thus the part of the regulation which states that growers must "Growers, or commercial compost suppliers, must provide proof through laboratory testing that the composting process was adequate to make it safe to use" is going to cause much confusion. I don't think there is a scientifically based way to comply with this piece of the regulation.
The preventive controls safety rule has also attracted some attention. One California grower wrote this: