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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tom989 04/22/2011 11:31am
in reply to tnowlin Apr 26, 2010 6:37am

I agree 100%

WendyJones 04/18/2011 3:11am

I do support this program.. since we know how fast the world is today.. we now don’t know if what we are eating is safe or not…
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TrapperW 03/27/2011 6:36am
in reply to FarrellyRainbow May 05, 2010 7:13am

With all due respect, the MSG allergy is a myth. It’s been debunked in many scientific journals. Here is a list: http://zidbits.com/2010/12/05/is-the-msg-allergy-a-myth/

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Sxeptomaniac 01/05/2011 12:48pm
in reply to akpatriot84 Jan 04, 2011 5:36pm

How exactly does this bill achieve that by giving the government powers to order food recalls?

akpatriot84 01/04/2011 5:36pm
in reply to tnowlin Apr 26, 2010 6:37am

It is amazing to me how this bill was rammed through without any noise about what is REALLY inside it( much like the health care bill was). The big agriculture corporations like Monsanto lobbied hard for this bill so they can secure their strangle hold on our food supply thanks to the idiots in Washington who don not represent the people but special interests who line their pockets.

Toolmakersdaughter 12/30/2010 1:31pm

I can’t find any part in this bill that specifically prohibits individuals from planting their own personal crops. Even if they did, I sure as hell would continue to plant my tomatoes and flip off “da man.”

Sxeptomaniac 12/15/2010 7:58am
in reply to wilsord2 Nov 23, 2010 5:13am

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.

Sxeptomaniac 12/14/2010 8:31am

How many of those opposing based on the supposed pro-big-business and anti-small-farms nature of the bill clicked on the little “Money Trail” tab on the page?

If you note, it’s mainly small farmer and organic farm associations that support this bill, while mostly business and larger corporations oppose it (there are some exceptions, but overall, this is true). Why would these kinds of associations, who make it their job to know and support legislation in their favor, inexplicably act against their own best interests?

Sxeptomaniac 12/14/2010 7:49am
in reply to cwhunbun Dec 09, 2010 6:15am

I was aware of the studies. They have nothing to do with this bill, though.

Sxeptomaniac 12/14/2010 7:14am
in reply to peacefrog Dec 09, 2010 4:18pm

Got an explanation for exactly how this bill manages that? The recall is far more to the benefit of smaller operations, as contamination is going to be local and not even addressed by this bill, but local food safety laws instead. This is for situations like the massive peanut contamination a year or so ago, in which the company reacted slowly to recall massive amounts of food with dangerous salmonella contamination.

Sxeptomaniac 12/14/2010 6:57am
in reply to cwhunbun Dec 10, 2010 10:47am

Nice conspiracy theory; however, it is unconvincing for people who prefer to use tin foil to wrap food instead of as headgear. You’ve not given any reason why the FDA would be motivated to make fake recalls.

Big ag and big pharma are already (hence the name) BIG. Fake recalls on small productions would be like using a sledgehammer to swat flies. They might take down some competitors, but they’d do huge damage to the market in the process by drawing attention to any corrupt dealings, and there are too many for recalls to be effective. Meanwhile, one recall is a huge loss for those big companies, because so much of their product goes through only a few processing plants.

Being called uninformed by a conspiracy theorist is not an insult. It just means I made some moderately insightful comments that he/she can’t figure out how to refute.

tigntink 12/11/2010 9:42pm
in reply to cwhunbun Dec 10, 2010 10:47am

I don’t deal in conspiracy theory, I deal in what it says in the bill. I would rather have an over zealous recall than waiting on one and having miscarried babies from listeria, death from e coli and salmonella.

Oh and please stop randomly capitalizing words. It doesn’t help.

mattbasta 12/10/2010 10:47am
in reply to browncoat78 Apr 14, 2010 10:13am

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.

cwhunbun 12/10/2010 10:47am
in reply to tigntink Dec 09, 2010 1:25pm

Yes I did and if this bill was so great why did they sneak it in under HR 3082. For a minute put on your thinking cap on and all the FDA would have to do is issue a false recall to ruin a small business as they do FAST TRACK for money for BIG PHARMA that has already caused deaths. A false recall could and would destroy a company allowing them to be scooped up by Big Corp. and BIG AGGI. This bill is over reaching the FDA already makes recalls a forced one is unconstitutional.

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tigntink 12/09/2010 1:25pm
in reply to cwhunbun Dec 09, 2010 6:25am

Just curious if you actually read the bill? That is great that you hate the FDA and all but that isn’t what this bill is about.

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cwhunbun 12/09/2010 7:03am

More Examples of what harm the FDA has caused http://archive.centerforfoodsafety.org/rbgh2.cfm
This is how they roll ….

cwhunbun 12/09/2010 6:25am
in reply to Sxeptomaniac Dec 07, 2010 7:47am

You are an ill-informed person who has not a clue what you are talking about please read comment below to know the facts as to what the FDA has already done to kill many with slow death from chronic illness because of their so called food safety!! They are not nutritiousness and have no business in the food safety BUSINESS. Which is what the FDA is a Business they fast track for Big Pharam for money. If you do not know what fast tracking is then you are the one with the dunce hat on!

cwhunbun 12/09/2010 6:19am

Myth: Arachidonic acid in foods like liver, butter and egg yolks causes production of “bad” inflammatory prostaglandins.
Truth: Series 2 prostaglandins that the body makes from arachidonic acid both encourage and inhibit inflammation under appropriate circumstances. Arachidonic acid is vital for the function of the brain and nervous system. (Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation Journal 20:3)
Myth: Beef causes colon cancer
Truth: Argentina, with higher beef consumption, has lower rates of colon cancer than the US. Mormons have lower rates of colon cancer than vegetarian Seventh Day Adventists (Cancer Res 35:3513 1975)

cwhunbun 12/09/2010 6:18am

Myth: Coconut oil causes heart disease.
Truth: When coconut oil was fed as 7% of energy to patients recovering from heart attacks, the patients had greater improvement compared to untreated controls, and no difference compared to patents treated with corn or safflower oils. Populations that consume coconut oil have low rates of heart disease. Coconut oil may also be one of the most useful oils to prevent heart disease because of its antiviral and antimicrobial characteristics. (JAMA 1967 202:1119-1123; Am J Clin Nutr 1981 34:1552)
Myth: Saturated fats inhibit production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.
Truth: Saturated fats actually improve the production of all prostaglandins by facilitating the conversion of essential fatty acids.(Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation Journal 20:3)

cwhunbun 12/09/2010 6:16am

Myth: Low-fat diets prevent breast cancer.
Truth: A recent study found that women on very low-fat diets (less than 20%) had the same rate of breast cancer as women who consumed large amounts of fat. (NEJM 2/8/96)
Myth: The “cave man diet” was low in fat.
Truth: Throughout the world, primitive peoples sought out and consumed fat from fish and shellfish, water fowl, sea mammals, land birds, insects, reptiles, rodents, bears, dogs, pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, game, eggs, nuts and milk products.(Abrams, Food & Evolution 1987)

cwhunbun 12/09/2010 6:15am

Myth: To avoid heart disease, we should use margarine instead of butter.
Truth: Margarine eaters have twice the rate of heart disease as butter eaters.(Nutrition Week 3/22/91 21:12)
Myth: Americans do not consume enough essential fatty acids.
Truth: Americans consume far too much of one kind of EFA (omega-6 EFAs found in most polyunsaturated vegetable oils) but not enough of another kind of EFA (omega-3 EFAs found in fish, fish oils, eggs from properly fed chickens, dark green vegetables and herbs, and oils from certain seeds such as flax and chia, nuts such as walnuts and in small amounts in all whole grains.)(Am J Clin Nutr 1991 54:438-63)
Myth:A vegetarian diet will protect you against atherosclerosis.
Truth: The International Atherosclerosis Project found that vegetarians had just as much atherosclerosis as meat eaters.(Lab Invest 1968 18:498)

cwhunbun 12/09/2010 6:12am

Myth: Animal fats cause cancer and heart disease.
Truth: Animal fats contain many nutrients that protect against cancer and heart disease; elevated rates of cancer and heart disease are associated with consumption of large amounts of vegetable oils.(Fed Proc July 1978 37:2215)
Myth: Children benefit from a low-fat diet.
Truth: Children on low-fat diets suffer from growth problems, failure to thrive & learning disabilities.(Food Chem News 10/3/94)
Myth: A low-fat diet will make you “feel better and increase your joy of living.”
Truth: Low-fat diets are associated with increased rates of depression, psychological problems, fatigue, violence and suicide.(Lancet 3/21/92 v339)

cwhunbun 12/09/2010 6:11am

Truth: The fatty acids found in artery clogs are mostly unsaturated (74%) of which 41% are polyunsaturated.(Lancet 1994 344:1195)
Myth: Vegetarianism is healthy.
Truth: The annual all-cause death rate of vegetarian men is slightly more than that of non-vegetarian men (.93% vs .89%); the annual death rate of vegetarian women is significantly more than that of non-vegetarian women (.86%vs.54%) (Am J Clin Nutr 1982 36:873)
Myth: Vitamin B12 can be obtained from certain plant sources such as blue-green algae and soy products.
Truth: Vitamin B12 is not absorbed from plant sources. Modern soy products increase the body’s need for B12.(Soybeans:Chemistry & Technology Vol 1 1972)
Myth: For good health, serum cholesterol should be less than 180 mg/dl.
Truth: The all-cause death rate is higher in individuals with cholesterol levels lower than 180 mg/dl (Circulation 1992 86:3:1026-1029)

cwhunbun 12/09/2010 6:02am

Example of what lobbyist money can do-!!!
It is supposed to be a safeguard for food quality – what it REALLY is is just another layer of government control at the expense of the people. It puts the small & organic farmer in a precari…ous place- and give the FDA too much authority . These guys @ the FDA do not have a clue about nutrition – they are still talking the " lowfat’ lipid theory that has fueled obesity , cancer, diabetes , arthritis etc by removing the traditional fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins from our diets.
In my book we need to be headed in the opposite direction from the FDA to stay healthy—
Examples-Myth:Heart disease in America is caused by consumption of cholesterol and saturated fat from animal products.
Truth: During the period of rapid increase in heart disease(1920-1960) American consumption of animal fats declined but consumption of hydrogenated and industrially processed vegetable fats increased dramatically.(USDA-HNI)
Myth:Saturated fat clogs arteries.

Sxeptomaniac 12/07/2010 7:50am
in reply to texascav Dec 03, 2010 9:40am

If you had even a passing knowledge of socialism and the contents of this bill, you’d know that what you just posted was completely ridiculous.

Sxeptomaniac 12/07/2010 7:47am
in reply to JohnLloydScharf Dec 03, 2010 2:58pm

And that’s all it is. Unfortunately, a lot of people showed up to this page with their tin foil hats on, I think. I’m all for looking at how a bill could be abused, but there has to a reasonable way this could be expected to happen (something that the paranoid have failed to explain).

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