H.R.2749 - Food Safety Enhancement Act

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the safety of food in the global market, and for other purposes. view all titles (5)

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  • Official: To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the safety of food in the global market, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Food Safety Enhancement Act as introduced.
  • Short: Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 as reported to house.
  • Short: Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 as passed house.

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  • delio302003 06/17/2009 9:27am
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    Does this mean that I can’t grow my food without government interference? Are they kidding? I don’t want the GMO stuff. It could be poison for all I know.

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    koukos2plos 09/25/2009 12:41am

    I totally agree.What kind of society we want to have?

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    TinaMarieatOpenCongress 09/04/2010 9:46am

    Well… unfortunately we will continue to have all kinds of unreasonable bills passing under our noses and getting approved if the people don’t start to educate themselves as necessary. It’s up to us as a nation to show others what they can’t see. If we have the insight and know what to do and how to do it, it is our responsibility to pass that knowledge on to others that do not. The means are out their for us to communicate with each other so lets make the best of it and provide to others what they may not know bringing them out of the darkness and into the light. Only then will this nation start to reap extraordinay benefits for this land and all people. When everyone is on the same page.

  • observateur 06/18/2009 11:57am
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    This bill is dreadfully incomplete. I’m seeing the phrase “may contain” & “may set forth” an extraordinary number of times. This bill is being left for the bureaucrats at the FDA to complete after it is passed into law.

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    rj32 09/21/2009 4:24pm
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    and you would rather have the people in congress decide? seriously, I think it’s better left to people with professional careers in the field, not career politicians being bought and sold each election cycle. This technique also enables the agency to keep up with evolving standards instead of all of us collectively praying that our hamburger isn’t the one with the new deadly virus from mexico/china.

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    OrBenn 08/25/2010 7:53am

    rj32 you’ve got it all wrong. At least if congress were specific in the bill we’d know what we’re getting. Without specifics we’re at the mercy of an unelected organization’s decisions.

    That said, I want NEITHER legislators NOR bureaucrats involved in my food. This legislation won’t make food safer—food production standards are already above what the FDA would impose—but it WILL dramatically increase the cost of food. The incidence of disease from food has been steadily going DOWN for decades WITHOUT this costly legislation, and I don’t want the price of a hamburger to jump to $15.

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    watcher77 10/07/2009 10:04am

    …you forgot “and for other purposes”!

  • Browning 06/22/2009 7:26pm

    Warrantless searches of business records??? King Waxman, His Royal Highness Dingell and every other member of congress that supports this bill needs to read the U.S. Constitution. Amendment IV says, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Legislation like this makes America a banana republic.

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    asteffen 12/07/2009 4:36pm

    Where in this bill did you find “warrantless searches of business records” mentioned? I did a word search of the entire bill text and could not find “warrentless” mentioned.

  • amandacaudill 06/29/2009 2:13pm
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    The FDA needs to be abolished. They have done more bad then good. This will destroy farming and put in factory farming. There is nothing like buying low quality meat, produce and dairy and cheap prices…Waxman needs to get out of Politics and live on an island where he can regulate the way the birds Sh*t so he wont have any global warming. What a crock.

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    Anonymous 07/05/2009 7:55am

    That is the goal !

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    informationage 02/14/2010 2:19pm
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    The FDA could do good and has in the past. Since creation, the Regulatory Agency has seen a consistent decline in funding and staff. Because of the Nature of the Agency, inbreeding with Industry does occur. This does not necessarily imply paranoid schemes to lower the quality of US Food and Drugs. If anything, the FDA has been strangled by advocates of less Gov’t Reg in favor of Script Makers and Corporate Farms, which is by far the status quo in America right now. Most Farmers are already “factory” as they are contracted by Parent Companies that purchase the local product exclusively and provide the Credit. This is akin to Indentured Servitude or Modern Feudalism.

  • Mcwonderful 06/30/2009 11:50am

    Wow. I really hate to believe all the things you hear about the way this country is headed. You read this and its hard to deny. Hopefully this gets quickly defeated. If not, its up to the public to absolutely firestorm our congressman to vote against it.

  • Anonymous 07/01/2009 4:18am

    They are not going to pay any attention to our comments and don’t seem to care about what the people want , they are raiding the amish farms .

  • Anonymous 07/01/2009 4:23am

    delio302003; that is right , they don’t want you to grow your own food , that is why they are raiding the Amish . Most that lived around here have moved to different areas . They want total control.

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    delio302003 07/17/2009 11:06am

    They can’t have control. Give me liberty or give me death, but either way I’m free. This government has crossed the line. I’m calling for citizens’ grand juries in my county, Shelby County (TN), to rein in this government corruption. If these politicians want to blatantly violate their oath of office, then they deserve to be thrown out of office or in jail.

  • EvelynB 07/05/2009 9:22am

    This is a blatant bill, being fast tracked, that is about control of our food supply not food safety. Until the corporate influence of the Argo industry is removed from all these bills none should be passed. These bills are about promoting industrial farming and destroying small farms and ranches as well as local and organic farming. They are about controlling the people by controlling our food supply. They are full of unconstitutional actions and infringements on our basic freedoms: ALARMING PROVISIONS:
    1)* Power to Quarantine a Geographic Area; the FDA can also Halt All Movement of All Food in a geographic area.
    2) * Random Warrantless Searches of Business Records.
    3) * Regulation of How Crops Are Raised and Harvested.
    4) * Establishing a Tracing System for Food.
    5) * Severe Criminal and Civil Penalties.
    6) * Annual Registration Fee of $500.

  • HenryMorgan 07/05/2009 8:00pm

    In Communist Amerika, You don’t eat food, Food eats you! Sorry. Anyway, has anyone noticed that most of the legislation lately is all connected in one way or another. The whole system is being restructured to completely remove any freedom we have left.

    This nonsense has gone beyond wearing my patience thin and now just has me outraged. Why have we not removed the Obamanator and his regime from power? Every one of our officials need to be removed and investigated. We need to appoint their replacements now. Surely there have got to be competent, respectable, honest people with integrity we can trust to put forward… Crap, I just described everything that the political world goes against.

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    ancientone 07/05/2009 8:53pm

    HenryMorgan: “most of the legislation lately is all connected in one way or another.”

    I’ve noticed this myself – both sides are playing the same game just in different ways to achieve the same goal: Government will control every aspect of your life.

    They call people like us “Conspiracy Theorists” and it’s crazy to think that the government wants to control every aspect of your lives…. But they do.

    On a personal note: I just found out about Open Congress and glad I have. But I don’t know if government is going to actually read our comments and pay attention to what the American Citizens have to say.
    If they do read our comments then we are put on a watch list.

  • helmofs 07/13/2009 3:01am

    FDA, EPA, and FCC all need to be DISMANTLED, along with the FEDERAL RESERVE! This bill is just another HIDEOUS POWER GRAB by the insane Democrats (and any Republicans that support it)! A THOUSAND NOs to it!

  • descreatchick 07/17/2009 10:06am

    This is beyond frustrating. As if the major corporations are not hard enough on small farms, now the government is extending its long arms to smush those that remain. WTF. Since when did the FDA really care about small farms? Thats right, they don’t. What makes anyone think they have our best interests in mind?

  • PoliticalStorm 07/21/2009 8:04am
    Major corporations brought this country into its recession- those are the only ones who need regulating so that they don’t do it again. Their products spoke for themselves. I have no delusions about this bill not being a power grab by major food corporations to beat back the growing demand for organic and local produce. However, just like Wall Street’s actions spoke for them, let farms’ actions do so as well. If a farm or method of farming keeps turning out bad or dangerous products, it will be weeded out and either converted to better methods or dismantled. I for one will not be supporting this bill when it is a blatant misuse of power. Warrantless searches, indeed. This person will not be quarantined.
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  • kevinmcc 07/27/2009 10:55am


    That there is a key word for voting NO on any bill.

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    asteffen 12/07/2009 4:39pm

    Where did you find “warrantless” in this bill? I did a text search of this entire bill and did not find this word.

  • kypatriot1 07/31/2009 6:02am

    Well, it looks like the House passed HR 2749. The following post is on The Hill’s Congress blog and is open for comments.

    A step closer to safer food (Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter)
    July 31st, 2009

    Today’s House passage of H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act, marks a victory that every American should applaud. After all, we all eat, and we want confidence that we’re eating the safest food possible.
    From spinach to peanut butter to cookie dough, the foods that we consume everyday make 76 million Americans sick every year. This piece of legislation will provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the authority and tools necessary to protect our food supply…


  • lolmao500 07/31/2009 1:02pm

    And it’s in the New York Times. It passed.

    Open congress says it didn’t pass…FAIL.

  • xaajjaax 08/01/2009 9:01am

    I opposed it at “proposes greater FDA regulatory powers,” and it actually managed to get worse after that!
    Power to quarantine? Is that swine flu scare still going on? I’ll pass on the “security,” I want my rights and freedom.

  • mazdastuff 08/10/2009 1:27pm

    This is completely insidious. How about we perform Warrant-less searches against members of Congress. Probably find enough money in their freezers to balance the budget. Better yet, start controlling the food they eat…let’s face it…alot of them look pudgy.

  • cjrusko 09/05/2009 10:36am

    How incredibly ludicrous. What ever happened to respecting the traditional local farming and produce communities in America? Maybe they should instead focus on the FDA’s current incompetence when it comes to regulating big food producers instead of broadening its reach and power.

    This bill will hurt the rural hardworking families that contribute to their local communities while not saving a damn life. It also broadens the power of the inefficient regulatory state and uses vague language with holes left to be filled by FDA administrative decisions, i.e whatever they say, to certain points, will go.

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