Area growers predict rules would harm orchardists

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Posted: April 10, 2013

The Winchester Star

Apple trees, shown in this Tuesday photo, are starting to bud at Fruit Hill Orchard north of Winchester. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a massive overhaul of the U.S. food safety system, and has outlined strict new standards for raw apples. Area growers surveyed have issues with the plan. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Greg Shanholtz plants an apple tree Tuesday afternoon at Fruit Hill Orchard north of Winchester. The tree is a replacement for one of several young trees destroyed by high winds during a thunderstorm last June.
Jose Hernandez plants an apple tree while Greg Morris hauls the new trees in a tractor. Some area growers said proposed FDA food rules were too strict and would increase costs and curb efficiency. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Diane Kearns isn’t familiar with the details of the Food Safety Modernization Act, but when told it might require her to sanitize canvas fruit-picking bags — one of a host of measures…

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