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FDA to hold hearings for New England farmers

The Food and Drug Administration is organizing public hearings in New England for farmers who are concerned that proposed safety rules could hurt their businesses.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Annie Kuster have led a bipartisan effort of lawmakers to call on the FDA to come to New England.

The hearings will focus on proposed rules for implementing the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, which aims to increase the safety of the nation’s food supply.

A May 28 letter sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg from 16 legislators from New England says the rules could hurt farmers financially in the region.

The Associated Press

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