S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act

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    I see. Shit can people's businesses because of something that has not happened, and probably never will happen.

    You think you are better than us because you want to say it will never happen.
     
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    November 30, 2010
    Daily Buzz: Senate Approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510)
    After a year-long battle with small farms, big farms, food establishments and government, a law that is meant to make our food supply safer was finally passed.

    That little amendment that could (and did make this possible): A last-minute provision to the bill, which ruled exempt farmers selling less than $500,000 each year (in other words, small farmers) that “directly market to consumers in a 275 mile areas."

    What does the act do? CBS has a pretty good list, below:

    - Gives the FDA authority to recall contaminated foods. It is currently a voluntary system
    - Increases inspections at food facilities. Once every three years for high-risk facilities.
    - Requires importers to verify food safety.
    - Increases traceability and tracking of high risk foods. Creates a pilot program to increase contamination traceability.
    - Allows FDA to access records if there is reasonable probability a food is causing sickness or death in humans or animals.
    - Allows FDA to create new standards for the safety of fresh produce.
    - FDA can collect fees for non-compliance with recalls or reinspections.
    - FDA must form new regulations on safe food transport conditions.
    - FDA can allow outside laboratories to conduct third party inspections to ease the load for the FDA.
    - Increases funding and staff at FDA.
    Daily Buzz: Senate Approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) - Blogs for Women
     
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    I want to be able to go to the farmer's market and get the freshest foods at great prices. I want to be able to buy fresh green beans and cucumbers from the old vegetable lady that drives her truck through my neighborhood. This will be another government mess. :(
     
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    I don't see how this amounts to a nationalization of food.
     
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    All I am hearing here are a lot of unsubstantiated hysterics.
     
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    Introduced by Dick Durbin of Illinois, the bill has moved through the usual phases of amalgamation and deal-making. The monstrosity advancing to the floor on Wednesday is not so much "food safety" as it is the decadence of the rights of small farmers, hobbyist food producers, garden-variety farmers markets, and your average small producer of foodstuffs. Under the rubric of safety, this Senate proposes a bill that establishes such new and sweeping powers over how you and I produce and consume foodstuffs that even the Pew Charitable Trusts * are calling S510 a clear and present danger. National Health Freedom says,


    It is a dangerously broad regulatory bill giving extensive discretionary power to the FDA over the entire food supply chain without proper checks and balances to avoid abuse of power;


    It would impose one-size-fits-all-regulations on thousands of small and mid-sized farmers, small-scale local farms and food producers, and would drastically burden, to extinction, basic natural and organic food suppliers, thus endangering the lives of Americans who depend on local wholesome foods;


    It does not reflect a well-thought-out solution, or address the real causes of food safety issues stemming from the industrialized food supply chain; and


    It attempts to limit the authority of our own domestic U.S. laws when it includes language ensuring that our US law will not disturb other international agreements that we have made. It states: "Nothing in this Act shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty or international agreement to which the U.S. is a party."


    Lee Bechtel of the National Health Federation, the nation's oldest health-freedom organization, says,


    The concern for freedom and health freedom advocates with the legislation, and the NHF's concern, is not because it addresses existing conventional food safety system problems, tainted imported foods, peanut butter... et.al. but because of these non-conventional food safety attempts to expand FDA authority and impose more controls over the marketplace and the access to nutritional foods and supplements.

    American Thinker: First Health Care, Next the Food Supply
     
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    Do some research on our recent tomato, jalapeño and chive Salmonella outbreaks.
    I don't think I'm better than you, or anyone else.
    What will never happen? Our government shrinking our food supply?
    That's the same chicken-little shit people screamed when Clinton started HAACP.
    Now, because of it, you can feel safe going to your local restaurant knowing that there are safety and sanitation standards in place keeping your food at proper temperature from the time it comes off the truck to the moment it reaches your mouth.
     
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    I'm still wondering how wanting food that is safe to eat is a bad thing.

    And I wonder if that Revere poster can address a topic without calling other's names because he doesn't agree with them.


    This is a good topic for discussion, some of you should try to be a bit more mature about it.


    I want to know the pros/cons of this FSMA.
     
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    We already have the rules in place. This bill does nothing for enforcement. It simply enhances awareness of self policing.
    Yes, there is funding for additional inspections.
    Our food supply is perhaps the safest in the world.
    This is just more central planning.
    This bill NEVER passes the House.
     
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    Now is the time to shed light on it and question.
     

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