Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14048

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Comment Number: AGW-14048

From: Chris Fuller
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 9:47 AM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: comments about the USA's food system


Hello,

My name is Chris and I am the manager at a small meat processing plant in
southwest Colorado.  I have decided to dedicate my professional and personal
life to creating a food system which is secure.  The best way to create a
stronger food system is to follow a simple principle of ecology - a diverse
population is more stable than one of limited population.  This is
applicable to our food system in that as there are more food processors in
one area the amount each must process is reduced.  This way if a processor
must recall their product, a smaller amount of product has been adulterated
and must be recalled.  This reduces the likelihood of a major outbreak of
any type of food born illness.  In turn a smaller amount of people have the
ability to get sick.

The conglomeration of our meat processing industry has created a situation
where too much meat is being processed too quickly in one plant.  If that
plant recalls it has the potential to effect a large number of people.  I
urge our nation's leaders to create an environment in which small food
processors can operate with the ability to make a profit.  Create incentives
for small processors, help get them the tools to create a thriving business,
and educate our consumers on why they should support such efforts.  Stop
making laws which will hinder this growth, such as NY Senetor Gillibrand's
legislation to test all "bench trim" for E. coli O157:H7 before and after
grinding.  These laws will minimally effect the large processors and make it
prohibitively expensive for small processors to operate.

Thanks,
Chris

Christopher Fuller
Plant Manager
Sunnyside Meats, Inc.
(970) 385-0230
www.sunnysidemeats.com

Updated April 7, 2016

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