Wonderful, except…the Washington Examiner reports that a professor at Oregon State University conducted an assessment of onions and E. coli, finding that E. coli posed 0% risk to onions and hence human beings, no matter how much E. coli bacteria was found in irrigation water.
Then, too, as most onion farmers are out of compliance with the FDA's rule, they would be required to test irrigation water weekly for E. coli levels. If the levels surpass the mandates, onion farmers will have to stop watering their crops.
One problem: Onions require steady watering. Thus, halting irrigation will cut crop yields significantly and increases the cost to consumers.
But, that’s not all, FDA regulators have also proposed making onion farmers use plastic, instead of wooden crates. Another problem: research indicates that wooden crates do not pose an E. coli risk. Moreover:
- Plastic crates cost 300% more than wooden crates but hold only 50% of the weight of a wooden crate.
- Replacing 1M wooden crates with plastic ones would cost onion farmers $200M.
- Transitioning to plastic crates would require remodeling the buildings where onions are stored, because plastic crates require more air circulation.
More unnecessary federal regulations emanating from the Obama administration that only increase the cost of goods sold to consumers.
The simple fact is that regulations like these are nothing more than a “stealth tax” that’s premised upon the idea of promoting the “general welfare.” In reality, they raise tax $$$s to pay the salaries and benefits of all those regulators who, one would suspect, voted twice for the President.
What a scam!
Let the discussion begin…
To read the Washington Examiner article, click on the following link:
"Manhattan Moment: A new layer of regulation would boost cost of onions but not safety."