Senate Passes S 510 today - 56 Dems,15 GOP,2 Ind; 25 nays (GOP) See just who voted how @ http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00257
For those of you that are not quite sure what this means to us ...
Represents landmark legislation that will significantly increase the federal government's power to regulate intrastate commerce while hurting this country's ability to produce safe food and to become self-sufficient in food production.
Will also drastically increase the FDA's power over food and make it very difficult to obtain natural, unprocessed foods of any kind.
It gives the FDA completely power to irradiate, fumigate, pasteurize or otherwise destroy every item you consume, from fruits and vegetables to dairy products. The FDA would then have the power to destroy all small, local farming, gardening or dairy operations in your home town, even if your state expressly defends your rights to engage in such activity.
S. 510 is the final version of H.R. 2749, which was passed last summer by the House of Representatives. (http://www.ftcldf.org/news/news-foodsafety.htm; http://www.opencongress.org/; http://www.ftcldf.org/)
"WHAT IT MEANS: When you buy your food through local farmer's markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) share programs, farm stands, or directly from a farm, you're avoiding opportunities for food contamination that come with mass-produced and processed food. Large food manufacturers receive ingredients from dozens of different farms, many of which are industrial operations that rely on the overuse of antibiotics to keep animals alive long enough to slaughter. Knowing your farmer, you can assess the cleanliness of the farm and workers, ask to see water-testing results to ensure harmful bacteria are absent in the irrigation systems, and hold them accountable quickly if there is something wrong with your food." (http://naturalfoodsmerchandiser.com/tabId/66/itemId/4402/How-food-safety-legislation-came-about.aspx)
Details of S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Passed Nov 30, 2010 @ 10:09 AM
Details of H.R. 759: FDA Globalization Act http://naturalfoodsmerchandiser.com/tabId/109/itemId/4383/Details-of-HR-759-FDA-Globalization-Act.aspx
Details of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act http://naturalfoodsmerchandiser.com/tabId/109/itemId/4385/Details-of-HR-875-Food-Safety-Modernization-Act.aspx
Details of H.R. 1332: Safe Food Enforcement, Assessment, Standards, and Targeting Act of 2009 http://naturalfoodsmerchandiser.com/tabId/109/itemId/4388/Details-of-HR-1332-Safe-Food-Enforcement-Asses.aspx
Details of H.R. 2749: Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 http://naturalfoodsmerchandiser.com/tabId/109/itemId/4389/Details-of-HR-2749-Food-Safety-Enhancement-Act.aspx
Food Bills Q&A with attorney Mark Mansour, partner, Bryan & Cave, Washington, D.C. http://naturalfoodsmerchandiser.com/tabId/109/itemId/4393/QA-with-attorney-Mark-Mansour-partner-Bryan--C.aspx