These days, it is hard to tell if this is good intentions gone awry or just another giveaway to Big Ag, but this certainly appears problematic:
The panics over salmonella, E. Coli and unsafe foodstuffs from China have heightened the prospects that Congress will enact a measure known as H.R. 875, the “Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009″. radishseedShould the measure in its current form become law, “food establishments”, which to quote Patrick at Popehat “means anyone selling or storing food of any type for transmission to third parties via the act of commerce”*, will have to register with a new federal regulatory agency, submit to federal inspections, and, perhaps most significant, keep “copious records of sales and shipment by lot and label”. Penalties for infractions will be very, very steep.
Acccording to OverLawyered and all the links therein, this will essentially kill the farmer’s markets all over the country where I go and buy really good vegetables and locally raised products.
You know what to do. Contact congress.
(via Cain in the comments)
*** Update ***
And as is the case with almost every hysterical claim on the intertrons, this is turning out to be a bunch of nonsense. I will always be a sucker, it seems.