Tell your Senator to support Food Safety AND Small Farms

I like to use this blog as a way to give our viewers an inside look at our organic dairy. I don’t intend it to promote an agenda. With that said, I am going to break my rule and tell you about a piece of legislation that could affect our farm.

Senate Bill #510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Dear Honorable Senators Klobuchar and Franken,
I want to thank you for your support of food safety concerns in our country. As a mother of two young children, I want to be confident that the food I buy for my family is safe. I believe that our country has one of the safest food supplies in the world and would like to keep it that way.

As this bill proceeds out of committee, I also want you to be cautious that it will not negatively affect small and organic farms. Our fourth generation organic dairy also direct markets sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken. We rely heavily on family owned processing facilities who take every precaution to make sure our animals are slaughtered in a safe and humane way. Please be cautious that this bill does not force regulations (designed for large facilities) on them that do not make sense for their small scale.

Currently, there is a meat processing “desert” in our state, especially with poultry. Our farm would love to organically certify our poultry. That is not currently feasible due to the fact that the only organic poultry processing facility in MN is in Akeley (four hours away).

Thank you again for your courage to stand up for food safety, but please remember that sometimes that a one regulation fits all solution is not the answer to the problem. If you have further questions on how this legislation would affect our family farm, please give me a call or send me an email.


Emily Zweber

Zweber Farms

If you would like to read the legislation as it current stands please visit this link: Senate Bill 510


Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more,


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3 responses to “Tell your Senator to support Food Safety AND Small Farms

  1. I too sometimes have the same type of problem in Malaysia. My manufacturing plant is categorized under the Small Medium Enterprise ( SME ) or in the US, it is called small businesses ( I guess ). The rules and regulations are mostly suited the bigger plants because most of those plants were built by the manufacturers themselves, where as most SMEs bought the ready-made plants ( like me ). Modification and renovation works are sometimes limited when we need to comply with Food Safety regulations. My manufacturing plant is certified to HACCP 1480:2007 and ISO 9001:2008.

    You have the right to voice your concern. And the consumers have their rights to have safe food; from farms to forks.

    Good Luck Emily.

  2. Brandy

    VERY well stated Emily.

    It is good to remind the legislating entities that there are small producers who should not be lumped into the regulations that are designed for the giants.

    In WI we have much the same battle. The small abbatoirs who used to be able to process locally raised livestock have mostly disappeared do to the encreasingly strict state and federal laws.

    Good luck and I hope that you are heard! Go organic and small family farms!


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