This will never happen. That would allow unscroupulous small farms to have the freedom to do whatever they want without any responsibility and with immunity. While you may be very conscientious, not everyone is, nor does everyone care or practice the best safety standards. And, others just don't have the knowledge or guidance (from regulators) to follow safe practices. You make someone sick, you ARE responsible, whether you do it out of ignorance or neglect. That is why we need regulations, inspections and certificates. Granted, these are not fool proof, but they do help to cut down on instances of foodborne illness. This is not the 1800's and Little House on the Prairie. What you want is a dream.
I may be a dreamer, but some of the best things come from some little person having a big dream in some small part of the world.
You don't have to agree nor support my idea, it's just my little plan to try and make happen.
I did read your post in its entirety, but I misunderstood "mishandled food products after purchase." I thought you were saying even if the farmer mishandles the food product (not the customer), and thus my response. My apologies.
Maybe I also don't understand today's processes and regulations for small farmers selling their produce/meats...their responsibilities...the burden of "proof" if someone gets sick. In our business from our farm, we sell canned goods and personal care products. We have been doing it over 10 years and have grown to the point we can no longer supply the raw materials ourselves (we buy most of them now, and save the fruits of our labors on our property for ourselves). We are regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and have regular inspections in order to be approved from year to year so we can retain our license from the State. We also carry a lot of liability insurance. To meet the standards of the Department of Agriculture and to have the liability insurance is not cheap. That's just part of doing business whether you are Kraft Foods or an ice cream stand on the corner. It is a burden on our small business, but I believe a necessary one to protect our customers and protect ourselves. I don't understand why this should be any different for small farmers and "their business". The CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.