S.510 - FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply. as introduced.
  • Short: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act as introduced.
  • Short: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act as reported to senate.
  • Short: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act as passed senate.

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  • cadaverousmob 04/13/2009 8:58am
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    FDA: Food and Drug Administration—what does food have to do with drugs? Why are they not two separate entities? I know why: so they can combine the two! This bill is nothing more than complete control of our food, so that they can put more poisonous chemicals like Rumsfeld’s aspartame as well as more carcinogenic ingredients like formaldehyde (just Google). This bill is the same as the Codex Alimentarius eugenics plan. Vote NO or you’ll end up being the FDA’s guinea pig.

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    cadaverousmob 11/30/2009 4:24am
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    And when was the last time a bill has ACTUALLY protected Americans? haha

    Have you even read this bill? This bill would mean a complete federal takeover of all family farms, including the one in your backyard, which means you can’t grow your own food without a federal license, which means that only corporations can grow food because of federal license regulations, which means consolidated corporate control of your food—complete control! Find out the truth here: http://www.naturalnews.com/025824.html

    You really need to watch the documentary Food, Inc.: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/ and find out the truth about your food—if you can even call it food anymore!

    Stop believing that the corporations and the government really care about Americans; if they did, then we wouldn’t be in the mess that we’re in today!

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    wlawler 01/12/2010 1:08pm
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    Sorry, I’m a little late to the party, but check out this link for at least a few reasonable suggestions about how to make this bill better for both food safety and small farmers.

    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/01/how-to-fix-s510-a-sustainable-ag-perspective-iii/

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    meonkeys 04/17/2010 5:23pm

    I didn’t see anything in S. 510 about a federal license being required to grow your own food… where is that?

    I think the bill is a good thing if it increases transparency in the food production industry in the US.

    I couldn’t really tell who would pay to enforce this bill and how much it would cost.

    I liked the stuff in section 112: “food allergy and anaphylaxis management”… the education mentioned in there seems important for school administrators.

    The folks behind “Food, Inc.” support this bill—they supported “Kevin’s Law”, and this bill covers most of what that law was meant to do. On foodincmovie.com, they refer to foodborneillness.org, which urges support of S.510.

    Just as I was writing this comment, I found a nice, clear set of questions and answers on this bill on govtrack.us. That’s a neat Web site, too.

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    tigntink 12/01/2010 8:29am

    You don’t see anything about being unable to grow your own food because there isn’t anything.

    People read things on blogs and then take them as truth rather than opinion. Sometimes opinions then get spread to other blogs as reference and then to actual news sites because people fail to research where information comes from.

    Here is a hint: Just because it says ‘news’ in the name or url doesn’t mean it is real news.

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    trekie70 07/20/2010 7:55pm

    Where is there any mention of a takeover of family farms? You must be reading a different bill.

    Much of this bill is already in place in the meat and poultry industry and as a person with more than 18 years of exp. There’s been talk for a number of years about combining the USDA and FDA-I think that would reap tremendous benefits for all.

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    JSComputerTech 09/07/2010 11:40am

    That would be when no republicans have touched it.

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    wilsord2 11/23/2010 5:07am

    Its not something that can be tied to one party. Both major parties want this, and in fact the Repubs are generally more careful about how they approach it.
    This is Agribusiness at its’ worst, using political leverage in an attempt to kill consumer-driven Agriculture.

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    Badgers 08/13/2010 12:10pm

    Then you are a fool being led to your own doom. Do not bring us down with you.

  • watcher77 12/01/2009 3:59pm

    Google: CODEX ALIMENTARIOUS

    This law goes into implementation on Dec. 31, 2009.
    Yes, THIS year!

  • browncoat78 04/14/2010 10:13am

    I am completely opposed to regulations in agriculture and food production, including S.510. Only free market reforms—not more government controls and welfare—would be consistent with the principles of individual rights.

    Aside from that, when has the FDA actually managed to ever prevent an outbreak of salmonella or E. Coli? We still have food recalls even with the FDA, giving it more power to run our lives and to put control of our food supply into even fewer hands will do nothing to improve food safety.

    Finally, I believe in ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and in the system of checks and balances our forefathers wisely put in place. Clearly our Federal government has abandoned both of these concepts. The very existence of regulatory agencies assumes that businesses are all guilty until proven innocent and they are also just a means for Federal bureaucracy (non-elected officials) to circumvent checks and balances in order to exert further control over our lives.

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    trekie70 07/20/2010 8:02pm

    browncoat, have you ever worked in the food industry? Regulatory agencies are very necessary, trust me. I’ve been an inspector with the USDA for more than 13 yrs and have never assumed a plant was “guilty until proven innocent.” It is apparent that you don’t have a good understanding of what agencies like the Food Safety and Inspection Service actually do. FSIS is now more about oversight than command and control. Plants are free to design their own food safety plans that meet 9 CFR 416 and 417.

    In a perfect world, no oversight would be needed but this is far from a perfect world.

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    bunchgrass 08/10/2010 5:14pm

    I have worked and continue to work as part of the food producing segment of the American economy. While I agree that there needs to be oversight and regulation of the food industry, the food processing lobby has the regulatory agencies chasing small producers when by far and away the most egregious violations occur at the IBP’s, Cargill’s and ADM’s. Sorry trekie70, but with regard to the food system, USDA is a paper tiger AND they are beholden to those big money food corps – who are more concerned about the financial ramifications of contaminated food, not safety. Also, the food industry thinks the solution to food safety is treatment of the contamination (radiation, chemical sprays or whatever) but won’t consider slowing down production. For example, at IBP you can’t slaughter 2040 head of cattle per day and not have some contamination – but they’re not going to slow down that line.

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    JSComputerTech 09/07/2010 11:43am

    This bill is intended to give regulators a bit more power in an effort to prevent the situation you described from getting worse.

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    wilsord2 11/23/2010 5:13am

    No Sir, this bill is intended to put the Small, Independent Producer out of business.
    Read the bill; you will find lots of loopholes for the agribusiness sized companies.

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    Sxeptomaniac 12/15/2010 7:58am

    Yeah… Read the bill, JSComputerTech is correct. It’s about giving the government more power to deal with large-scale food contamination. Small producers are unlikely to be addressed by this bill, as, even in the cases where a small producer does have a problem, they’re local distribution is too small, and more easily dealt with at the local level.

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    mattbasta 12/10/2010 10:47am

    Great plan, let’s just stop performing recalls. Let’s take away the FDA’s right to protect us altogether, while we’re at it. Free market, right? Let the people decide for themselves which food products are possibly tainted. If some eggs have E.Coli, then that farm’s customers will all die and it’ll go out of business. Market regulation at its finest.

    Maybe in this ideal new world the people will create some sort of independent organization to do testing and investigate food safety. Maybe it could even alert folks when there’s something unsafe on the market. OH WAIT. It’s called the FDA.

  • browncoat78 04/14/2010 10:22am

    And another thing, millions of people die every year that could have been saved by pharmaceuticals and other life saving medical treatments that the FDA takes years and years to approve. And yet, even with the FDA, don’t we still have drug recalls and dangerous side effects? So what good are they?

    Ever wonder why pharmaceuticals are so high? Look no further than the FDA! Stop blaming the drug companies and start putting the onus where it belongs: on the FDA and the Federal Government!

    It’s time the government start treating us like adults and allowing us to make our own decisions regarding what medicines to try and what dangers are worth the risk. If I am dying of cancer, what do I have to lose by trying a new medication that the FDA hasn’t approved but that could save my life? I already have a mother, so I don’t need the Federal govt too and the FDA is one of the most insidious and costly (both in lives and money) arms of this Nanny State.

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    djbwain 08/31/2010 1:00pm

    Browncoat – go to naturalnews.com and read an interview by an FDA scientist who was a whistleblower over the Vioxx drug that killed thousands of Americans. The FDA does not take “years and years” to approve drugs. They are on Big Pharma’s side. Did you know that pharm companies pay a FEE in order to get a drug approved by the FDA? Therefore, the FDA finds any way possible to “pay them back” by approving a drug.

    Big Pharma isn’t out to cure anyone – only to create lifelong clients. If they were to focus on cancer PREVENTION – that would put them out of business, right? And there will be no cure either… only drugs that must be taken daily, oh, for the rest of your life.

    I do agree that the gov’t needs to stay out of my life. If I want to buy raw milk, raw eggs, and veggies from my neighbor, so be it. I assume any risk associated with said purchases.

  • amgw 04/21/2010 7:09pm

    We definitely need a food safety bill, but we need one that doesn’t protect the factory farm meat producers and agribusinesses like Monsanto. Oh, by the way, FDA is chronically understaffed, not to defend them but I think their budgets were cut and undermined during the Bush Administration (this is true with the EPA, lot of people were “laid off” and “forced out.” I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true with any of the environment and public safety departments.) I saw a good quote about this somewhere regarding the number of staffers, factories, and safety inspections that occurred between different administrations. Sorry, if you trust the drug companies, but they do overcharge and overexploit their “constituents.” They are in it for the money, like any business. Many people die every year who depend on pharmaceuticals to save their life, rather than living well informed, healthy lifestyles. Diabetes and heart disease are BEHAVIORAL as well as genetic diseases.

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    djbwain 08/31/2010 1:01pm

    Ha – no politician will get elected telling people to take personal responsibility for their health, lives, children. It’s always someone else’s fault – you didn’t know?!?

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    Theodrin 09/09/2010 1:49pm

    Nice… I wonder what WOULD happen? A revolution could get started! Or, people could just keep watching TV…

  • amgw 04/21/2010 7:15pm

    Free-market reforms haven’t occurred with agribusiness…they’ve had the option for a long time and have made no changes…only gotten worse. People don’t even have the right to know what they are eating and buying in the supermarket. Freedom of information is denied to those who are buying the product. They don’t even allow you to see into their “farms”. No transparency without a lawsuit. If they have nothing to hide, they shouldn’t be hiding. And they continue to fight food labeling laws.

  • tnowlin 04/26/2010 6:37am
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    The regulations should be on genetic-modification and pesticide use. The large corporations aren’t feeding the world; they are poisoning the world. Regulate them and leave the family farmers and truck-gardens alone.

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    djbwain 08/31/2010 1:02pm

    AMEN! It’s so ass-backwards in DC, it’s not even funny.

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    ok_farmgal 10/12/2010 7:55am

    YES and thank you for the excellent and concise view!! I love to grow my own food and will continue to do so with no chemicals. I’m not doing anything wrong by having a garden, what’s there to regulate? I watered my eggplant on Tuesday instead of Thursday?!?!Oh no the sky will fall on my head!! It’s the big companies that want control so they can brainwash more and more people into their way of thinking. So leave the homegardener alone, I’m not trying to feed the world, just my 1 acre of it.

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    glassbeadmaker 11/27/2010 6:03am

    You and me both, plus I can-up what food I grow so have them when times are lean and they will be. http://www.survivalseedbank.com/

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    coloradocoates 11/19/2010 3:59am

    Here, here! I could not agree with anyone more. This bill should never even be considered without regulating genetic modification and pesticide use. All foods containing genetically modified ingredients should be labeled as such or not allowed to be on the market.

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    wilsord2 11/23/2010 5:20am

    Exactly right! But the support for paradigm shift back to Agriculture will need to come at the Polls, as was done for taxation during the mid-term elections. Oversight and support is governed by our politicians, and voting is the only thing a politician will listen to.


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