Florida Food Freedom Act? Just Say No
Terry McElroy, spokesman for The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has it right when he says that the regulations are designed to protect the public's health. "The problem is, whether you buy a dozen eggs from a farm or a quart of milk from a farm or from the biggest supermarket chain in Florida, you have to have the same standards. People can get just as sick or sicker, maybe not as many people, from that milk from the farm or from strawberries from the fruit stand."
Question: What would prevent you from buying eggs infected with E. coli at a local food market?
Question: Would the purveyor of bad eggs be subject to any penalty?
Answer: None whatsoever, other than bad word of mouth.
Question: What if you died from eating said eggs?
Answer: Still: Just bad word of mouth -- although not from you.
If Baker has his way, in place of all the sanitary testing, production site inspections, etc., all a person would have to do to sell food directly to a consumer is take a course to become a certified food safety manager. And how small would a farm have to be for this exemption? I bet it wouldn't have to be that small -- and then an amendment here, a loophole there, and larger farms would be exempt, and then we would, as the Republicans like to say, "have government off our backs". And 50,000 of us, unencumbered by government rules, would die of food poisoning each year. Or maybe we'll just get real sick, and thanks to selfish Republican assholes like Sen. Baker we won't be privy to health care. (BTW-This guy is vying to be Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture!)
Lower fees for small farm inspections and such? If they are currently exorbitant, then sure. But do away with inspections altogether on the assumption that there are no unscrupulous small farmers/businesspeople out there? Please.