These hard-earned dollars came out of growers’ pockets because they wanted to meet government expectations, and because it was the right thing to do. And now the government has decided it wasn’t really serious about shoring up food safety by all participants? But that some should get a free pass financially and procedurally, with the full blessing of the feds?
How is this fair for those growers and shippers who have played by the rules; cooperated, collaborated and even consolidated with their fellow growers in order to meet government regulations to win Department of Defense bids to sell to public schools and other accounts.
Incorporating parts of the Tester amendment created a last-minute patchwork of loopholes during a holiday week – and arguing that industry must support it because lame-duck is almost over – does US food safety regulation a major disservice.
Had this bill not passed Congress and the Senate, there’s no question the issue would have been right back on the table – food safety is too important to do it incorrectly.