SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Farmers from around New England met Thursday night in South Deerfield to discuss the FDA’s new food safety regulations.
The FDA is accepting their suggestions on the new regulations called the Food Safety Modernization Act through mid-September and the farmers came together Thursday to finalize them.
The new proposal is intended to help prevent food contamination. But some area farmers say it’s going to be expensive to install the upgrades to their farms and will be time consuming to enforce the new rules.
They say that means it could limit accessibility to and drive up cost of fresh produce.
“We’re encouraging the eating of healthy fruits and vegetables, and that’s a public health outcome the FDA needs to take into account when they are looking at the impact of this rule,” says Roger Noonan, President of New England Farmers Union.
The FDA estimates the upgrades will costs farms anywhere from $4,000 to $30,000 dollars based on size, but farmers say they think it will cost much more.