AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While farmers may not have found last week's meetings with the FDA very helpful, federal officials say they appreciated hearing concerns about proposed food safety rules.
Hundreds of farmers from northern New England attended Food and Drug Administration public hearings last week to talk about rules that could require them to take new precautions against contamination.
Farmers have argued that many aspects of the rules come from large-scale farming practices that don't apply to small farms, and there's fear that the cost of compliance with the proposed rules will put them out of business.
They also fear the uncertainty of contamination will make people more weary to buy local.
Deputy FDA Commissioner Michael Taylor says many of those farmers will be exempt from the rules, but don't realize it.