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FDA proposal attacks pastured laying hen farms

Action Alert from The Weston A. Price Foundation:

The FDA is yet again putting burdens on farmers who use healthy, sustainable practices, and justifying them with fear-based assumptions rather than data.  The agency’s latest move is a draft guidance document that will make it all but impossible for farmers with 3,000 or more laying hens to keep the birds on pasture.

The stated goal is to prevent the spread of salmonella from wild birds and other animals to the hens.  But there is absolutely no evidence that pastured chickens pose a food safety threat. To the contrary, all the major incidents of salmonella in eggs have come from confinement factory farms.

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