The landscape of Arizona's farming industry could change if new food safety regulations take effect. The changes come as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act that the FDA says will prevent almost two-million cases of food-borne illness. However, the additional requirements may cost small farmers as much as half of their annual profits, according to Roland McReynolds, who works as an advocate for farmers.
McReynolds says many of the requirements are impractical and unnecessary for small farms that he says already work hard to maintain safe food practices. The public can comment on the new rules until November 15th. Unless action is taken by the FDA or Congress, the regulations could take effect within the next 12 months.