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Should Farmers Markets Be More Regulated?

We came across this article on msnbc.com about farmers markets and food safety. Demand for local food is on the increase and consumers are turning towards farmers markets as their source for fresh food.

But the rise in popularity is accompanied by a parallel rise in concerns about how best to keep these local consumers safe from the same pathogens responsible for nationwide outbreaks of salmonella, listeria and E. coli in commercially produced foods.

Although the fare sold at farmers markets often is perceived as more wholesome than what’s available on grocery shelves, there is no evidence that it is less prone to cause foodborne illness — and it generally receives less federal and local oversight.

Read the full article here: As farmers markets thrive so do concerns.

What do you think?

What do you think about this issue? Is your perception that food purchased at the farmers market is safer than store bought food?

Do you think Farmers Markets should be more regulated than they are?

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