Take Action Now! Oppose S. 510
Take Action Now! Oppose S. 510
The “Food Safety Modernization Act”
This Modernization Will NOT Provide REAL Food Safety!!!!
Senate Bill S510, the dangerous and misleading Food Safety Modernization Act, is getting close to a vote on the heels of the half-million egg recall from the industrial food supply chain. Act NOW!!! NHFA urges you to immediately write your Senators and oppose S. 510.
- NHFA opposes S 510 because:
►It is a dangerously broad regulatory bill giving extensive discretionary power to the FDA over the entire food supply chain without proper checks and balances to avoid abuse of power;
►It would impose one-size-fits-all-regulations on thousands of small and mid-sized farmers, small-scale local farms and food producers, and would drastically burden, to extinction, basic natural and organic food suppliers, thus endangering the lives of Americans who depend on local wholesome foods;
►It does not reflect a well-thought-out solution, or address the real causes of food safety issues stemming from the industrialized food supply chain; and
► It attempts to limit the authority of our own domestic U.S.laws when it includes language ensuring that our US law will not disturb other international agreements that we have made. It states: “Nothing in this Act shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty or international agreement to which the U.S. is a party.” Click here to read latest manager’s amendment to the bill.
- NHFA supported amendments passed regarding Codex and regarding the addition of exemption language for Dietary Supplements in the international standards section of the bill and hassuggested these important changes in case the bill moves forward.
- NHFA supports the Tester-Hagen amendments (not yet adopted)and joined Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance’s opposition project, along with152 organizations of consumers, farmers and ranchers, local food producers, and co-ops concerned about the bill. TheTester-Hagen amendments would delete burdens on small-scale, local food producers. Click here to read more.
- NHFA signed on with the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance formal letter to the Senate that states: “All of the well-publicized incidents of contamination in recent years – whether in spinach, peppers, or peanuts – occurred in industrialized food supply chains that span national and even international boundaries. The food safety problems in this system can and should be addressed without harming the local food systems that provide an alternative for consumers.” Click here to read more.
- The overall bottom line: NHFA opposes passage of S. 510 because it grants a dangerous level of discretionary power over the food supply chain to the FDA, and it will eliminate access to basic natural food and endanger the lives of Americans who depend on local wholesome foods.
* Our colleagues at NHF (National Health Federation): August 22nd Action Alert from NHF on the hill states that: “six Senators – Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Richard Burr (R-NC) – just announced that they had reached a “bipartisan” agreement on changes to S.510”.(Read More) That means we NOW we need an ALL OUT PUSH to oppose this big Ag bill. NHFA agrees with NHF when it states that: “It is a recipe for disaster that will make our food supply less safe, not safer. Moreover, it will lead to the eventual extinction of the big Agribusinesses’ competition – the small and medium-sized farms; but then this is part of the plan as well made by these huge corporations and their bought-and-paid-for buddies on Capitol Hill who pass coercive laws limiting our free choices so that, in the end, we will only be able to buy the trash food sold by big Agribusiness”. (Read More)
* Our colleagues at Citizens for Health (CHF): NHFA agrees with Citizens for Health in its detailed point analysis of the language of the bill calling for its opposition and for its comments on the international reference when it states: “No other countries ensure that all of their internal regulations are consistent with WTO or any other treaty or international agreement – so why should the United States sacrifice its sovereignty? As if that wasn’t reason enough, we all share the concern about what might happen to the affordability of – and especially our access to – the products and services we choose to maintain our health and wellness if the United States was required to harmonize with the WTO, SPS, the Uruguay Rounds, and Codex!” (Read More)
►Take Action! Oppose S. 510 and ask the Senate to address the REAL causes of food contamination in our food supply!
Diane M. Miller J.D.
Director of Law and Public Policy
National Health Freedom Action
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St. Paul, MN 55116-1863