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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W. C
W. C11 months ago


William C
William C11 months ago

Thank you.

Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Erlinda Bocar Kantor

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.

Trish K.
Trish K7 years ago

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

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

Noted and thanx

Linda H.
Linda h7 years ago

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.

Julie R.
Julie R7 years ago

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

Sumit jamadar
Sumit jamadar7 years ago


Jennie S.
Jennie S.7 years ago

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.