Scale matters and a one-size-fits-all solution is a function of a state that exceeds a proper scale (and ignores a common sense approach to problems). According to one article:
The Food Safety Modernization Act represents the first major overhaul of U.S. food-handling practices in more than 70 years. Passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011, the legislation was created, some say hastily, after a spate of food-borne illness cases, which have been increasing in number and severity since the mid-1990s.
That the centralization of agriculture and the use of monocultures has been increasing during the same time doesn’t seem to raise any eyebrows.
Tim Stark, a tomato farmer in Rockland Township, Berks County, would be subject to those protocols. Stark, who employs 16 at the height of the season and brings to market more than a ton of tomatoes and other produce on a good day, said it’s unfair to hold him to the same standards as California’s Grimmway Farms, said to be the world’s largest producer of carrots.Under the law, Stark, who sells directly to his customers, would have to follow the same sterilization and other precautionary protocols as the largest produce growers in the country. These protocols include discouraging wildlife from coming onto his farm.”To expect me to spend the same kind of money as the Grimm brothers’ farms in California sanitizing my packaging facility would be kind of outrageous,” he said.
He also finds “ridiculous” a provision that would prohibit a farmer from harvesting a field if an animal had walked through it.
“Personally, I think it’s crazy to expect small farms to jump through the same hoops as the bigger farms,” Stark said.