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112th Congress 2011-2012
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Food Safety -  S510 & HR 2749

Send FAX through petition to Reject S.510 now H.R, 2751

Beware of legislation that takes a “one-size-fits-all” approach to ensuring food safety.  The industrial food system in which the producer is far removed from the final consumer should be regulated, especially international imports.  The complexity of the interstate distribution chain justifies the need for governmental monitoring.  Food from local, sustainable farms supplied direct to consumers and to the local food movement, such as at farmers’ markets, does not require the same scrutiny by an intermediary agency.  In fact, small sustainable family farms and the ‘local food movement” are part of the solution to food safety threats and traceability in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak.

Dec 7, 2010 - S.510 - Tell Your Representative to Oppose

Nov 23, 2010 - Vote "NO" on Cloture & Oppose S.510

Oct 13, 2010 - FDA's Ace in the Hole

Sep 23, 2010 - S510: Senator Coburn on Underlying Problems

Sep 23, 2010 - S510 Revised: FDA Coming to a Farm Near You

May 6, 2010: Food Safety - The Worst of Both Bills (HR 2749 & S 510)

Apr 1, 2010: New food safety regulations must protect interests of small sustainable farms

Jan 29, 2010: Food Safety - Can FDA Be Trusted?

Oct 20, 2009 - HR 2749: What about Food Security?


Raw Milk Freedom - HR 778

It is legal in all fifty states to consume raw milk and raw milk products; however, many states have outlawed the sale of raw milk or impose such onerous burdens on producers that the supply of raw dairy products is severely limited.  Legislation that promotes consumer access to raw milk and raw milk products supports consumers’ freedom of choice to consume the foods of their choice from the sources of their choice.

Jun. 1, 2010: Nanny of the Month Anti-Raw Milk Crusader Stephanie Rose - But there can be only one Nanny of the Month and this time it goes to the federal lawyer who wants to give raw milk drinkers a raw deal …more

May 6, 2010: FDA's Response to FTCLDF Suit over Interstate Raw Milk Ban

Feb 22, 2010: FTCLDF Files Suit Against FDA over Raw Milk Ban

Feb 26, 2009: Will Ron Paul End the Ban on Raw Milk?

HOUSE BILLS

HR 2749 - Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, a bill that fails to address the real issues of food safety yet gives FDA increased power with less accountability. Its one-size-fits-all regulatory scheme will impact small farms and artisanal producers for the worse.Sign the Oppose HR 2749 petition!

HR 759 – Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2009 – a bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the safety of food, drugs, devices, and cosmetics in the global market, and for other purposes.

HR 778 – A bill to authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption. Sign the Support HR 778 Now petition!

HR 814 – TRACE Act of 2009 – A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act to improve the safety of food, meat, and poultry products through enhanced traceability, and for other purposes.”

HR 875 –Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 – A bill to establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes. 

SENATE BILLS

S 3767 - Food Safety Accountability Act of 2010 - To establish appropriate criminal penalties for certain knowing violations relating to food that is misbranded or adulterated.  

S 425 – Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act – A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the establishment of a traceability system for food, to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspections Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for improved public health and food safety through enhanced enforcement, and for other purposes.

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

PETITIONS  

Reject S. 510, a bill that represents a major threat to the local food movement, states' autonomy to regulate food, and the country's ability to become self-sufficient in food production. 

Support HR 778 Nowa bill that would effectively end the current federal ban on raw milk and raw milk products for human consumption in interstate commerce.   

Oppose HR 2749 a bill that fails to address the real issues of food safety yet gives FDA increased power with less accountability. Its one-size-fits-all regulatory scheme will impact small farms and artisanal producers for the worse. district court ruling, Judge Mark W. Bennett refused to grant a motion by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the agency by...more

ACTION ALERTS

HOUSE | SENATE | PETITIONS | ALERTS

RAW MILK FREEDOM

Apr 26, 2010 - FDA Steps Up Enforcement Against Raw Milk

Feb 6, 2009  - Raw Milk Bill HR 778 Needs Co-Sponsors

FOOD SAFETY 

Dec 20, 2010 - S.510 now H.R. 2751 - Tell Reps to Vote "NO"...

Dec 9, 2010 - S.510 now H.R. 3082 - Tell Your Senators to Vote "NO"...

Nov 19, 2010 - CALL Your SENATORS ASAP - Implore Them to Oppose S.510

Nov 16, 2010  - URGENT S.510 Alert - Vote NO on Cloture

Nov 15, 2010  - Action Alert - Stop S.510

Mar 5, 2010  - WAPF ACTION ALERT ON SENATE FOOD SAFETY BILL

Jan 7, 2010   - Senate Food Safety Bill

Nov 18, 2009 - Senate Food Safety Bill Moving Forward - CALL NOW!

Nov 10, 2009 - FTCLDF Alert about Food Safety Bill

Oct 30, 2009 - Senate Food Safety Bill

Aug 12, 2009 - Meet with Your Senators at District Offices to Discuss Food Safety!

Aug 3, 2009  - HR 2749 Passes House

Jul 30, 2009 -  HR 2749 Fails to Pass but Is up for Vote Again Today

Jul 29, 2009 - Food Safety Bill Heading for a Vote

Jul 27, 2009  - Contact Your - HR 2749 House Vote on Tuesday!

Jun 26, 2009 - HR 2749 Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 Update

Jun 18, 2009 - HR 2749 Action Alert - 061709 Hearing Update

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