New federal food safety rules designed to protect consumers from vomit-inducing illnesses could have the unintended consequence of driving some Connecticut farmers out of business, agricultural experts say, according to The Hartford Courant in Hartford, Conn.
Connecticut's dwindling number of commercial vegetable and fruit farmers say it could cost them tens of thousands of dollars to comply with the complex regulations the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to issue this year.
Oechsler said she expects her farm, which tends crops on about 400 acres in Manchester and in the Glastonbury Meadows, to take a significant hit on its already slim profit margin. "None of us are out here getting rich," she said.
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