AML Appaloosas

  (Thoreau, New Mexico)
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A new attack on the family farm

A new bill recently introduced into congress is about to make my small farm and every one else’s illegal if it passes.  This bill is

Title: To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

The bill defines a “food production Facility” this way.

(14) FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITY- The term ‘food production facility’ means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation.

They also define Food Establishment categories.

(5) CATEGORY 1 FOOD ESTABLISHMENT- The term ‘category 1 food establishment’ means a food establishment (other than a seafood processing establishment) that slaughters, for the purpose of producing food, animals that are not subject to inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or poultry that are not subject to inspection under the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

(8) CATEGORY 4 FOOD ESTABLISHMENT- The term ‘category 4 food establishment’ means a food establishment that processes all other categories of food products not described in paragraphs (5 through (7).

FOOD.-The term ‘‘food” means a product intended to be used for food or drink for a human or an animal and components thereof.

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By definition, I now own a food production facility, because I produce food for my own consumption. I raise and slaughter my chickens for food, which makes me fall into the category 1 food establishment. Additionally by growing and processing my own garden foods, my farm then falls into the category 4 food establishment. If you raise even part of your own food, you to may fall under this new law that could destroy your farm. If you buy even part of your food from a local farmer, you will be affected because your farmer may not be able to afford to meet the requirements in this bill.

Read more about the onerous requirements and problems with the bill at the following websites:

Then contact your representatives and discuss this bill with them and make sure they know your feelings on this issue.

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