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Food Safety Bill Passes the Senate

November 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

By a bipartisan vote of 73-25, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act has passed the Senate. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, which is expected to pass it, rather than convene a conference committee, and then send it to Obama to be signed into law before the end of the lame duck session.

The bill would increase the FDA’s regulatory authority over the food production system in order to prevent contamination and food-borne illness outbreaks. It would give the FDA new authority to force recalls of food they believe to be contaminated, require food producers to have qualifying plans in place for addressing safety risks, increase inspections of “high risk” food facilities, and requires importers to verify the safety of all imported foods. Small food facilities that do less than $500,000 in sales annually and sell most of their food within a 275 mile area would be exempt from the new regulations, though the FDA reserves the right to revoke the exemption for a given facilities if they come across contaminated food from the facility while investigating a foodborne illness outbreak.

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  • sweetbutterfly 11/30/2010 9:35am

    This bill sounds good on paper. However the FDA doesn’t have a very good track record. Most of the food born illnesses comes from facilities owned, governed, and, or funded buy the FDA.
    If the FDA really wanted to help they would find cures, instead of masking diseases with medications. The FDA makes an effort to hide natural cures. If there is a cure to any diseases, illness then there would be no need for medication related to that diseases, illness. Therefore the FDA would loose money if there is no need for medication when there is a cure.
    If the FDA gets control of our food, then they can put whatever chemicals they want in our food to mass produce. Rate now there is a chemical that the FDA approved called BHT. That chemical goes into most food products like cereal, chips, any boxed or caned good.

  • bowlan 11/30/2010 4:52pm

    the day the gov tells me what i can grow and how i can grow it and who i can sell it to is the day hell freazes over.
    we small growers will simply sell the produce the same way marijuana growers do it.under the table.kiss my american ass congress…..

  • scottdkuehne 12/01/2010 5:21am

    The FDA is the most corrupt of all the regulatory regimes of the Federal government. It is literally run and paid for by the same companies it is supposed to be regulating. Regulatory regimes like FDA usually amount to nothing more than enforcers for big business, used to crush their competition, the smaller entrepreneurs who come up with new ideas and better products. They allow the big boys to sit back and call the shots from their ivory towers while the customer is constantly screwed and has no alternative to their abuse.

    For example in the case of FDA if you have a new life saving drug which is cheap to make and safe to use, it’s impossible to bring it to market. Unless of course you have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend and can wait for years to get approval from FDA. As a result, all these useful drugs are either delayed or never come to market and if they come to market at all, come at enormous cost to cover expenses of their approval.

  • alindholm 12/01/2010 8:27am

    Attention Senators: writing new taxation laws must originate in the HOUSE! We do not need more government intrusions, control and power. We need for our elected representatives to clean house!

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