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Jul 7, 2013 6:28 PM by Jacqui Heinrich, jheinrich@koaa.com

Costs of food safety proposals causing concern

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Expected costs from proposed federal rules to make the nation's food system safer are causing concern among some farmers and state agriculture officials.

The proposals are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act approved in 2011, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. The legislation is among changes within the Food and Drug Administration aimed at making the nation's food system safer by pinpointing where contamination occurs.

Officials are still determining how to implement the law, and regulations won't be finalized for several years. But one northeast Ohio farmer says he will no longer grow vegetables for local tables because the proposed requirements would cost too much.

 

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