Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 08:18:24 -0700
Your urgent attention and action are required on this mislabeled bill. This is not to our benefit - read more below. And another thing - where does our government even get the power to pass or enforce this type of legislation - it is way beyond any powers delegated to it in the Constitution!!! Call your representatives today !!!
Title: To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 2/4/2009) Cosponsors (40)
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
SUMMARY AS OF:
Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 - Establishes in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the Food Safety Administration. Assigns all the authorities and responsibilities of the Secretary of Health and Human Services related to food safety to the Administrator of Food Safety.
Transfers to the Administration all functions of specified federal agencies that relate to the administration or enforcement of food safety laws. Renames the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the Federal Drug and Device Administration.
Directs the Administrator to: (1) administer a national food safety program; and (2) ensure that persons who produce, process, or distribute food prevent or minimize food safety hazards. Sets forth requirements for the Administrator to carry out such duties, including: (1) requiring food establishments to adopt preventive process controls; (2) enforcing performance standards for food safety; (3) establishing an inspection program; (4) strengthening and expanding foodborne illness surveillance systems; (5) requiring imported food to meet the same standards as U.S. food; and (6) establishing a national traceability system for food.
Requires the Administrator to: (1) identify priorities for food safety research and data collection; (2) maintain a DNA matching system and epidemiological system for foodborne illness identification, outbreaks, and containment; (3) establish guidelines for a sampling system; (4) establish a national public education program on food safety; (5) conduct research on food safety; and (6) establish a working group on foodborne illness surveillance.
Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to develop the Food-Borne Illness Health Registry.
Directs the Comptroller General to report on the federal resources being dedicated to foodborne illness and food safety research.
Sets forth provisions regarding prohibited acts, recalls, penalties for violations of food safety laws, whistleblower protections, and civil actions.
Title: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the establishment of a traceability system for food, to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspections Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for improved public health and food safety through enhanced enforcement, and for other purposes.
2/12/2009: Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S2236)
2/12/2009: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
(FAST track bills in 2 weeks)
Food Safety Modernization Act (HR 875): Criminalization of Organic Farms
House H.R. 875
Full Text of H.R. 875
Senate S 425
Full Text of S. 425
There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next 2 weeks
before people realize what is happening.
Main backer and lobbyist is (guess who) Monsanto
Bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers
and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency
to "make sure there is no danger to the public food supply".
This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family
and not for sales.
THIS IS DICTATORSHIP in any way you look at it.
If this passes then NO more heirloom clean seeds
but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with unexpected diseases in humans.
There is a video on the subject.
The name on this outrageous food plan is
Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009
(Really makes it sound like the feds are trying protect us. LIES )
Let me be crystal clear here......
This has NOTHING to do with food safety.
This is only about TOTAL CONTROL by the feds in our lives.
Get on that phone Monday and burn up the wires.
Get anyone else you can to do the same thing.
The House and Senate WILL pass this
if they are not massively threatened with loss of their position.
They only fear your voice and your vote
This week, we received numerous calls and emails from OCA supporters who came across alarming YouTube videos and emails circulating on the internet that claimed a new food safety bill (HR 875) introduced in Congress would make "organic farming illegal." Although the Bill certainly has its shortcomings, it is an exaggeration to say that is a secret plot by Monsanto and the USDA to destroy the nation's alternative food and farming system. In actuality, HR 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, is a limited-vision attempt by moderate Democrats and Republicans to craft food safety legislation to address the out-of-control filth and contamination that are inherent in our industrialized, now globalized, "profit-at-any-cost" food system.
This being said, OCA does not support HR 875 in its present form, given the fact that, if the Bill's regulations were applied in a one-size-fits-all manner to certified organic and farm-to-consumer operations, it could have a devastating impact on small farmers, especially raw milk producers who are already unfairly targeted by state food-safety regulators. Although the OCA deems this Bill as somewhat well-intentioned, we are calling on Congress to focus its attentions on the real threats to food safety: globalized food sourcing from nations such as China where food safety is a joke, domestic industrial-scale and factory farms whose collateral damage includes pesticide and antibiotic-tainted food, mad cow disease, E.coli contamination and salmonella poisoning--and to support a massive transition to organic farming practices.
Hopefully, this bill will enhance the public debate over why our food production system is so unsafe.
Food Safety Hits the Fan: Regulatory Action, Inaction and Over-reaction
and the Effects on Small Scale Growers
HR 759 overhauls the entire structure of the FDA. * It's more likely to move through congress than HR 875. * It contains provisions that could cause problems for small farms and food processors.
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