New Federal Food Safety Law Confuses Hawaii Farmers, State Officials

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

You may no longer have to wash your tomatoes before eating them, but they could cost twice as much if farmers have to do it before sending them to market.

There's growing concern in Hawaii over the impacts of a new federal law aimed at improving food safety and security at everything from roadside stands to big-chain supermarkets.

The Food Safety and Modernization Act has created considerable confusion in the community, Hawaii Department of Agriculture Chair Russell Kokubun told state lawmakers Wednesday.

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