USDA wants us to ‘know your farmer,’ FDA wants us to stay home

GRIST ARTICLE by David Gumpert Excerpt: "Customers of Country Hen, a central Massachusetts organic egg producer, found an upsetting announcement in their egg cartons recently: The farm tours that had been a tradition of the farm since it opened 22 years ago were being discontinued. The reason? A new federal law that went into effect last month called the "Egg Safety Final Rule," or 74 FR 33030, which is designed to reduce the risk of a major form of contamination known as Salmonella enteritidis, or SE. The law requires farms with more than 3,000 hens not only to adhere to tight refrigeration protocols, create a disease protection plan, and abide by strict sanitation practices, but also to keep customers out of the chicken houses." To read the full article click HERE

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