fp sam hurst usda 608 My Garden is Private PropertyEvery Sunday we either host family and friends at a “linner” which is lunch and dinner combined or we go to someone else. Now, that our gardens are beginning to offer the vegetables and fruits of our planning and labor, we have fresh and delicious offerings for planning menus for our weekly “linner.” But, according to the “Food Safety Enhancement Act” recently passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, enjoying our garden and our neighbor’s gardens’ bounty may be regulated.

I understand that the FDA wants to guarantee the public’s safety. Obviously, I was very upset that Nestle recalled their refrigerated “Toll House Cookie Dough” due to an E coli illness outbreak. I have watched my own children bake these cookies and 924658strawberryjam My Garden is Private Propertyeat half of the dough, raw, shuddering to think that raw dough contains raw eggs. But, I don’t want the government invading my private property, my garden, and telling me what I can and cannot do with my own and my neighbors’ homegrown fruits and veggies.

 According to the Gourmet Magazine article, if my neighbors give me strawberries to make strawberry-rhubarb jam with my own ingredients and homegrown rhubarb, I am considered a “facility” and need to follow regulations.

 There has to be a balance between assuring safety and ensuring our privacy freedoms!

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