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A Care2 Victory! Senate Passes Sweeping Food Safety Bill

A Care2 Victory! Senate Passes Sweeping Food Safety Bill

The Senate on Tuesday approved the biggest overhaul to the nation’s food safety laws since the 1930s, as the Food Safety Modernization Act passed on a 73-25 vote.

A Lame-Duck Success?

The House approved a different, more stringent version of the bill in July, 2009, and must now pass this bill before it goes to President Obama’s desk. However, House leaders have indicated that they would accept this Senate version in order to avoid the time-consuming conference process, and have the bill signed by the end of the lame-duck session.

Healthier Food For All

The bill gives new authorities to the Food and Drug Administration, including: access to facility records in a food emergency, more FDA inspections at all food facilities, the ability to force a recall of food suspected to be tainted, the power to suspend a food facility’s registration if there’s a sign of health risk, and increased funding.

The bill also, for the first time, sets safety standards for imported foods.
The most controversial element of this bill–restrictions on bisphenol-A (a common chemical in plastics)–has been dropped.

A Spate Of Food Poisoning Outbreaks

The legislation follows several national outbreaks of food poisoning involving products as varied as eggs, spinach, peanuts and hamburgers. I wrote in these pages about the salmonella outbreak at Taco Bell, and Care2′s Jaelithe Judy reported in detail on the Senate hearing following the DeCoster Egg-related salmonella outbreak.

A Care2 Victory!

This is a victory for Care2 members! Our petition putting pressure on senators to pass this bill garnered over 28,000 signatures, and now we can celebrate success.

This is also the most significant lame-duck accomplishment to date, and the second significant bill to pass since the midterms. On Nov. 18, the House passed the Telework Improvements Act, a bill designed to enable federal employees to work remotely, which President Obama signed.

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8:55PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Significant accomplishment for Care2! More power to us. There is still a lot of work to be done before we can all sit back and relax. We need to put bisphenol-A back on the board. We still have lots of issues related to pesticides and food labeling. And the list goes on.

3:25PM PST on Feb 15, 2011

It is a step in the right direction and is good news

9:43PM PST on Jan 9, 2011

Noted and thanx

8:48PM PST on Jan 3, 2011

I feel it's a start. Everything can be made better. I am frankly shocked that some of you seem to trust that just because something comes from the *Health Food Store* or is called natural it's not been poisoned by a greedy small time producer or farmer. Do you think it was just cheap pet food from big corporations that was poisoned? Some very expensive organic brands sourced from China and had the same bad food. Do you think only pet food was adulterated? I want my suppliments to have to prove whats in them like they do in Germany at least.

3:20PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

The FDA's official position is that there is no such thing as any herb, any plant, any nutrient or any dietary supplement that has any beneficial effect on the human body. As ridiculous as this sounds, it is precisely the current position of the FDA!

How "wonderful" that they are now completely in control of our food supply. It is utterly ridiculous to think an organization that believes no food can affect your health can possibly be of any benefit in controlling what we eat. Pesticides and dangerous chemicals are legal and "safe" to eat, raw almonds are not.

Almost makes me wonder if I somehow got into some sci-fi movie about aliens having taken over control of the planet with some long term plan to eliminate the indiginous population. That's about as crazy as people putting an organzation that does not care about their health in charge of keeping them healthy.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/027303_the_FTC_America_vaccines.html#ixzz19pMwgZHD

The FDA will

10:58PM PST on Dec 20, 2010

THANKS

11:12AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

I have a real problem with this bill. I believe giving the FDA more power is not the answer to food safety. I think the reason Big Agriculture supports this bill is because they know this bill will put undue burdons on small farmers and knock out their competition. The FDA is already cracking down on small milk/cheese producers with NO evidience of wrong doing and no reported illnesses from the milk/cheese being reported. Food Safety is an issue, but this bill does not address it.

9:02AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

Tell Congress to work on a real food safety bill and reject the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act--not fluff & puff. Send U.S Reps a fax now through www.farmtoconsumer.org/stopS510

Get informed, check the links, spread the word! I was alarmed to see an email hailing this Care2 petition as a success with 28,000 signatures--my apologies, I should have been paying attention.

7:52AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

This is a horrible, ill conceived , expensive program against family farmers. Monsanto paid their "dues" and got what they wanted. How can you people be so asleep ? You say you care about the environment ? HA !!! You helped stabbed a knife into the backbone of the people who are stewards of the land, soil and air by caring for the land and the produce and animals they care for. It's the Franken Farms and the Franken Seed companies that will now be better able to put their boot on the neck of the small farmer and purveyor or heirloom, organic seeds. What a travesty !!!

7:06AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

Care2, I hope you are listening to all of us! Are you reading these comments? You should be. And I am terribly relieved that there are so many, like me, who truly understand what a horrifying bill this is! Don't give up, everyone! Push back!

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5303

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