Baylen Linnekin: Small Farmers Revolt Over FDA's Proposed Food Safety Rules


Credit: Library of Congress

Earlier this month a federal judge ordered the FDA to speed up the process for adopting rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act. But as Baylen Linnekin observes, that is exactly the opposite of what the agency should do. The FDA's very deliberate deliberation over the proposed rules foreshadowed the fact the agency lacks the ability to come up with clear and fair rules. As things stand now, the proposed regulations will impose costly and inapt new requirements on small farmers. Big government fails again.