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Senator Franken: I hope you will excuse my posting this in the form of an Open Letter. Since the Patriot Acts have added a whole new dimension to the expression ‘snail mail’, and given the importance of this matter to so many people, this presented the best way for me to get our views on your desk.
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December 14, 2010

Senator Al Franken
60 East Plato Blvd
Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55107

Re: Food Safety Modernization Act

Dear Senator Franken:

In an e-mail this morning you shared your views on the sometimes-called Food Safety Modernization Act, offering answers to several frequently asked questions.

I find two questions/answers particularly concerning:

Will the Food Safety Bill include new recordkeeping requirements for farms?

NO. The Food Safety Bill does not require that farms keep any new food safety-related records.

Actually:

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodDefense/Bioterrorism/FoodFacilityRegistration/ucm063700 FDA redefines farms as any “facility” that…….
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodDefense/Bioterrorism/FoodFacilityRegistration/ucm081637.htm

Will the Food Safety Bill charge farms and small businesses new registration fees? More