S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act

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    The following summary of S. 510 reflects the manager’s amendment, as released
    by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on August 12, 2010.







    Summary and Background


    During the week of November 15th, the Senate may consider S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The Senate’s consideration of this legislation has been preceded by over a year of bipartisan work from, among others, Senators Durbin, Harkin, Dodd, Alexander, Burr, Gregg, and the late Senator Kennedy.



    This bipartisan legislation would overhaul our current food safety system, which has failed to protect far too many Americans and will continue to fail them unless Congress improves the nation’s food safety laws. The legislation would address a number of the weaknesses of the current system by, among other provisions:



    Giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to recall foods when firms fail to voluntarily recall products on their own, when a food is adulterated or contains undeclared allergens and will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals;


    Requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), within three years of enactment, to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking that would establish a national trace-back system;


    Requiring food importers to perform food safety supplier verification activities and prohibit the importation of food by an importer if they do not undertake food safety supplier verification activities;


    Expands the nation’s current food facility registration laws requiring all food facilities (excluding farms) to register with the FDA biennially and gives the FDA the authority and the assurance that it will be permitted to inspect registered facilities as permitted; and


    Requires all registered domestic facilities (excluding farms) to identify known or reasonably foreseeable hazards and implement preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent those identified hazards.

    http://dpc.senate.gov/dpcdoc.cfm?doc_name=lb-111-2-57


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    Congratulations. The government is about to nationalize the food supply.
     
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    Note that everything is done in the name of "protecting the consumer."
    In fact we have the safest food supply in the world. Why would anyone want to change that?
     
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    It takes a more PROACTIVE stance to food inspections rather than just reacting to outbreaks.
     
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    You mean shrinking the food supply so the limited competence of the US government can promise it can deal with it better than it dealt with it before?
     
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    I find it really interesting that this is so low profile and so unopposed. It's like the Hydra is unleashed.


    Nov. 30, 2010 UPDATE: US Senate passes the Patriot Act for Food, S510, by a vote of 73 to 25.
    By Steve Green

    S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act*, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.

    “If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

    It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food.

    Monsanto says it has no interest in the bill and would not benefit from it, but Monsanto’s Michael Taylor who gave us rBGH and unregulated genetically modified (GM) organisms, appears to have designed it and is waiting as an appointed Food Czar to the FDA (a position unapproved by Congress) to administer the agency it would create — without judicial review — if it passes. S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.

    History

    In the 1990s, Bill Clinton introduced HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Points) purportedly to deal with contamination in the meat industry. Clinton’s HACCP delighted the offending corporate (World Trade Organization “WTO”) meat packers since it allowed them to inspect themselves, eliminated thousands of local food processors (with no history of contamination), and centralized meat into their control. Monsanto promoted HACCP.

    In 2008, Hillary Clinton urged a powerful centralized food safety agency as part of her campaign for president. Her advisor was Mark Penn, CEO of Burson Marsteller, a giant PR firm representing Monsanto. Clinton lost, but Clinton friends such as Rosa DeLauro, whose husband’s firm lists Monsanto as a progressive client and globalization as an area of expertise, introduced early versions of S 510.

    S 510 is hissing in the grass | Food Freedom
     
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    Where does it mention shrinking the food supply?
     
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    It will close small producers who can't afford attorneys to tell them if they are in compliance.

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    Wait, do we or don't we want our food supply to be safe and regulated, or just risk the chance of Botulism and food poisoning with rancid meats, tainted cheeses, leaded water, et al...for us.


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    Help me out here.
     
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    I thought we already had that.

    If the government puts small producers out of business, can it promise your food will be safe?

    How big was the operation that sickened people with eggs, and what regulations did it not comply with?
     

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