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The government will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.
The FDA’s new proposals would allow farmers to meet water quality standards more easily and to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer.
The FDA offered the revised rules Friday, and the final rules are due next fall. The FDA has been haggling over how to write them since Congress passed a food safety law in 2010. Regulators say balancing the need for tighter food safety standards after major outbreaks in spinach, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe against the needs of farmers who are new to such regulations has been a challenge.