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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x083 09/21/2010 8:05am

this is fascism at the highest level, a result of globalization, and the attempted implementation of codex alimentarius. FDA has no business regulating food. let the idiots that wanna eat mcdonalds cloned beef, and drink rbgh monsanto milk, and genetically modified and poisoned crops, let them die off by eating this stuff, lets not all suffer, and be forced to eat this cancer.

everyone needs to wake up other people, immediately. call the senate, write them tell them no, tell them why, and support your local health food store.

monsanto can kiss my ass, and burn in hell

Theodrin 09/09/2010 1:49pm
in reply to djbwain Aug 31, 2010 1:01pm

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

JSComputerTech 09/07/2010 11:46am
in reply to hexC0DE Aug 31, 2010 8:58am

Yes, we wouldn’t want to actually learn from past mistakes would we.

JSComputerTech 09/07/2010 11:43am
in reply to bunchgrass Aug 10, 2010 5:14pm

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

JSComputerTech 09/07/2010 11:40am
in reply to cadaverousmob Nov 30, 2009 4:24am

That would be when no republicans have touched it.

djbwain 08/31/2010 1:02pm
in reply to tnowlin Apr 26, 2010 6:37am

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

djbwain 08/31/2010 1:01pm
in reply to amgw Apr 21, 2010 7:09pm

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?!?

djbwain 08/31/2010 1:00pm
in reply to browncoat78 Apr 14, 2010 10:22am

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.

hexC0DE 08/31/2010 8:58am

using the egg recall to “never let a serious crisis go to waste,” when they can use it to expand govt and steal liberty. typical.

hexC0DE 08/23/2010 8:54pm

keep the feds out of our business(es)!

Theodrin 08/19/2010 12:49pm

I would LOVE it if this was directed just at mega farms. But no, this will go at small farms, too. It’s already hard to sell stuff at farmers markets! It doesn’t need to become harder.

Badgers 08/13/2010 12:15pm
in reply to breitzrecu Jul 16, 2010 7:58am

Bull crap, this is Codex enforced without a treaty.

Badgers 08/13/2010 12:10pm
in reply to cpiseco Nov 17, 2009 3:18pm

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

bunchgrass 08/10/2010 5:14pm
in reply to trekie70 Jul 20, 2010 8:02pm

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.

trekie70 07/20/2010 8:02pm
in reply to browncoat78 Apr 14, 2010 10:13am

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.

trekie70 07/20/2010 7:55pm
in reply to cadaverousmob Nov 30, 2009 4:24am

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.

breitzrecu 07/16/2010 7:58am

I work for Consumers Union, the non-profit publishers of Consumer Reports, and we strongly support S.510. We also strongly support the local,sustainable, and organic movements and would not support a bill that would shut down these operations before they have a chance to flourish. S.510 does not present a “one-size, fit all” solution, but rather is purposely designed to be flexible to protect small, organic, and local farmers while being stringent in other areas to protect consumers from contamination in produce and processed food. The bill protects organic farms: the current language states that any new food safety standards developed by the FDA cannot be in conflict with organic standards. New standards are also required to consider maintaining biological diversity, conservation, the environment, and impact on small farms.

See why Food Inc. producer and the author of Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser supports this bill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqurqoVCibk
FarrellyRainbow 05/05/2010 7:13am

This is going to hurt my friends who sell at farm market stands. And it will hurt me becasue there won’t be stands because they cannot afford the $500 fee necessary to have a farm stand.

By the way, its the big agra businesses that have the problems with e. coli. E. coli comes from feces. Why doesn’t the TV news point that out? Big agra business is what needs regulating because they have put profit before their conscience.

And what about some real labeling? I want to know which of my foods have been irradiated. I want to know which of my foods are GMO. Just tell the American people the truth and we can make up our minds. Let the free market determine what foods are popular instead of big business. Stop hiding what is in the food behind regulations and unlabeled ingredients. For instance, there is a lot of MSG that goes into products that does not appear on the label and that is legal.

I will miss the farm markets.

christinemont 04/30/2010 10:15pm

This would be great if the FDA regulated the poisons that go in food. all this will do is raise food cost.

karenhouse 04/26/2010 4:55pm

He who controls the food controls the populace.

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.

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.

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.

meonkeys 04/17/2010 5:23pm
in reply to cadaverousmob Nov 30, 2009 4:24am

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.

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.

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.

wlawler 01/12/2010 1:08pm
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in reply to cadaverousmob Nov 30, 2009 4:24am

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/

watcher77 12/01/2009 3:59pm

Google: CODEX ALIMENTARIOUS

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

cadaverousmob 11/30/2009 4:24am
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in reply to cpiseco Nov 17, 2009 3:18pm

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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