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Special alert: Tell your representative not to eliminate nearly 200 food safety laws February 27, 2006 2:02 PM

The Bulletin for Environmental Activists

February 27, 2006

Special alert:
Tell your representative not to eliminate nearly 200 food safety laws
House vote is scheduled for this Thursday, so take action now at


This Thursday the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill that
would eliminate nearly 200 state and local food safety laws. Backed by food
industry lobbyists, the bill, which has never been the subject of congressional
hearings, would effectively dissolve critical food safety protections in all 50
states that are not identical to federal standards. Many of these food safety
laws, however, are more stringent than federal laws.

Right now states can enact laws to protect their residents when the federal
government fails to do so, and in many cases states lead the way in food safety
protections. For example, California required labels on alcoholic beverages
that list the potential dangers of alcohol to pregnant women before the federal
government did so, and even goes beyond current federal law by requiring
California restaurants and bars to post such warnings as well. Some states
require warnings that alert people to irradiated food, chemical additives that
can cause cancer, and fish that have excessively high levels of mercury, which
can cause birth defects. Other states pass laws aimed at protecting the public
from contaminated shellfish or eggs.

Every year millions of Americans suffer from food-borne illnesses and thousands
of them die. The bill the House will vote on this week would make it even
harder for states to protect their residents from food-borne health threats.

== What to do ==
Send a message right away urging your representative to vote No on this
dangerous bill (H.R. 4167).

== Contact information ==
You can send a message to your representative directly from NRDC's Earth Action
Center at If you
prefer to call your representative, the Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-

Please also forward this message to your friends and co-workers, and urge them
to contact their representative as well.

Thank you!


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