Utah State Representative Bill Wright (R-Holden) has reportedly introduced legislation (H.B. 365) that would exempt from federal regulation all foods grown and consumed within the state’s borders. He was quoted as saying, “Within the state, it’s state’s rights. We already have regulations over those items. We function well now. We don’t think they have a right or authority to regulate those items that are not in interstate commerce, as long as they’re grown within the state, packaged in the state and remain in the state.”
A Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) spokesperson apparently responded by claiming that the politician was “playing to people’s fears and misrepresenting the facts and doing it for political purposes.” According to CSPI, Utah merited a “D” grade for its ability to detect contaminated food outbreaks. Some produce and livestock farmers echoed Wright’s concerns, contending that regulations and inspections add costs to their operations. An organic farmer reportedly said, “We don’t have to be certified organic and if we weren’t, we’d never hear from [federal inspectors]. The amount of regulation they do isn’t too much. They aren’t too severe.” See The Salt Lake Tribune, February 5, 2011.