Good News and Bad News – Improvements Have Been Made on S510, But it is still a bad bill and moving forward.
Good News and Bad News –
Improvements Have Been Made on S510,
But it is still a bad bill and moving forward.
Your actions are having an effect and are needed once again.
An update November 22, 2010: National Health Freedom Action sends huge gratitude and thanks to the thousands of activists working to stop S510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010.
The bad news is that S510 is still moving forward, and may come to a final vote as early as November 29th, after Thanksgiving break. But the good news is that our concerned voices are making an impact. A new and revised Manager’s comprehensive amendment will very likely be voted on after another cloture motion.
The better good news is that:
- the language that referenced Codex harmonization continues to be deleted from the Senate version of the bill;
- there continues to be language that exempts dietary supplements from Section 305 On Building Capacity Of Foreign Governments With Respect To Food Safety;
- there continues to be language that exempts dietary supplements from Section 418 on Hazard Analysis And Risk-Based Preventive Controls;
- and, finally, a compromised version of the Tester-Hagen amendments, which work to further protect small, local food processors and producers, has been placed in the manager’s amendment. Click here to read a summary of the latest Tester amendment agreement.
Our colleagues at Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance let us know that the large agricultural commodity organizations continue to oppose the Tester-Hagen amendments, and we must continue our alerts.
Our colleagues at National Health Federation have a comprehensive summary of the past five days of activity on S510 in their November 20thNews Release here.
Importantly, NHF states: “As explained by Senator Harkin, he and Senators Reid and Durbin had worked out an agreement in advance of Senate passage with House Democratic leadership to accept the Senate-passed bill, hold it at the House desk, and then vote on passage of the Senate bill. This procedural maneuvering eliminates the usual joint Senate-House conference committee to work out differences with the Waxman and House passed Food Safety bill, H.R. 2749. If the House approves, the final version of the Senate Food Safety bill would then be sent to President Obama for signing into new law.”
S3767, the dangerous bill that adds severe penalties and gives the FDA increased criminal enforcement power, has not been added to S510. But it still exists as a stand-alone bill.
Keep your voices coming. Click here to once more remind your senators that you:
- Oppose S510
- Oppose S376
Diane M. Miller J.D.
Director of Law and Public Policy
National Health Freedom Action
PMB 218, 2136 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116-1863