Brandon Howell

As he went on to note, that’s not a better means of ensuring food safety, just regulatory excess.

New York Farm Bureau’s Kelly Young questioned why this agency, not the Department of Agriculture, was handling it in the first place and stated farmers will probably be pushed into hiring full-time staff solely to deal with the regulations, meaning higher cost and less profit.

The FDA has consented to reviewing its proposal, though that carries the caveat of not being done until June 2015. In the meantime, the 10th amendment will continue to be disregarded, a point that goes beyond the flaws of the rules themselves.

It’s downright insulting for centralized bureaucrats, hundreds of miles away, to tell state agencies they can do their job better than them. Food safety standards in the domestic arena should chiefly lie with state level agencies, like the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

As Black’s campaign later stated via Twitter, the “GDA can ensure better food safety standards on farms than federal bureaucrats in DC.”

Unfortunately the double-barreled regulatory assault endured by the private sector during the Obama era is unlikely to go anywhere, as evidenced by the president’s fifth State of the Union speech. The FDA has extended a platitude here, but if real solutions were coming soon they’d throw them out altogether.

Based off what we’ve seen thus far, don’t get optimistic there; the assault’s probable to continue.


Brandon Howell

Brandon Howell is a conservative communications strategist and contributor to the Peach State political blog Georgia Tipsheet.


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