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Food safety fears afflict buyers

publication date: Jan 1, 2001
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Food safety audits are a new hurdle American farmers are being asked to jump before they can get into the marketplace. The federal government has issued a set of “guidelines” - not regulations yet - telling farmers how to avoid contamination of produce. Supermarkets and other food buyers are taking it a step further, insisting that the farmers get an inspection and certification to prove that they’re following the federal guidelines. The farmers have to pay the thousands of dollars these privately owned food-safety auditors are charging.

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