News for December 10, 2010
Minnesota Raw Milk Drinkers Better Get Over Their Shock Pretty Quickly...and Consider How to Protect Their Farmer
I've been monitoring some of the reactions coming out of Minnesota from the raid Tuesday on the Hartmann milk, and this one is typical:
"I am just shocked. I can't believe this happened. If this would have happened at my milk pick-up, it would have taken everything in me to remain calm and not go to jail... for real??? My husband doesn't even consume raw milk (he doesn't get it) ;) But he was still irate. I can't believe it. He said he would have yelled 'Sir, the only crime being committed here is your beret.' LOL. UGH, though, seriously. This is SOOOOO scary!!!!"
[ READ MORE (Complete Patient) ]
Search warrant served on raw milk in Minnesota
State agricultural officials confiscated hundreds of gallons of milk delivered to a house in Minnetonka this week. The action is the latest in an investigation and crackdown on unpasteurized milk.
The state has made repeated efforts to stop Michael and Roger Hartmann from selling raw milk in the Twin Cities area and other locations, but they've continued to deliver their product as they did Tuesday in Minnetonka when a search warrant was served.
[ READ MORE (WKBT) ]
The iron fist of health officials comes down on raw milk farmers in Alberta
I start wondering about the recent proceedings initiated by health officials across Canada. I have received enough documents to be able to proof that Public Health does not need to follow due legal process anymore to enforce their powers.
Executive orders made by public health officials can be enforced without any ability to argue, to reason or even appeal.
[ READ MORE (The Bovine) ]
The Food Safety Bill is Back (Again)
It's dead, it's up for vote, it's passed, it's dead again! Trying to keep up with the vital statistics of the food safety bill is dizzying, and for those of us who are invested in safer food while protecting small farmers, it's been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. But it seems that after a nearly death-dealing problem was discovered with the Senate bill, the House has put aside politics and come together to save it.
After months of political sausage-making, debate, and occasional hysteria, the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) finally passed the Senate last week, complete with the much-needed Tester-Hagan Amendment exempting small farms from regulation. And there was much rejoicing! But within hours of its passage, Congress realized it had included a potentially fatal flaw in the bill. According to the U.S. Constitution, all revenue-raising measures must originate in the House of Representatives. The Senate bill includes in it the imposing of fees on importers and companies whose products wind up recalled or fail inspections, which technically meets that definition. Big oops.
[ READ MORE (Change.org) ]
House Passes Senate Food Safety Bill with FY 11 Appropriations
On Wednesday evening, December 8, the House passed a combined Continuing Resolution-Food Safety bill by a vote of 212-206. All Republicans and 35 Democrats voted no.
The Continuing Resolution would fund all government functions for the remainder of the current fiscal year 2011, which ends September 30, 2011. The current short-term Continuing Resolution expires on December 18.
[ READ MORE (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) ]
Legislative “Sausage-Making” Brings Food Bill Back to Life
It didn’t take long for Democrats in the House to figure a way around the constitutional roadblock that halted the advance of S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, following its approval by the Senate last week.
When proponents found the measure couldn’t move forward in the House, they quietly attached it as an amendment to the $1.1 trillion continuing resolution (CR), H.R. 3082: “The Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011” – a measure designed to fund the government through September, that was headed to the floor for a vote.
[ READ MORE (News With Views) ]