Saturday, March 04, 2006

More on Food Safety

Both California Senators, Boxer and Feinstein, are raising objections to the impending efforts by the Feds to preempt all state regulations on food safety that are stronger than the proposed federal standards. This measure , if approved, might be even considered unconstitutional. For over two centuries the states had to meet the Federal standards but had the choice to require tougher standards if and when they choose. It is ironic that a Republican led administration is willing to weaken the power of the states in order to serve its arching interest, weaken environmental standards. The following exerpt is a more detailed explanation of this bill.


The National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005, otherwise known as H.R. 4167, has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Sadly, this bill now being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives is anything but nice to the safety and well-being of people concerned about safe food.In fact, the bill should probably be called The Nullification of State Food Safety Laws. H.R. 4167 would nullify state-level protections against the many food safety threats the federal government has ignored.States cannot water down federal laws and regulations, but our tradition of federal government has always upheld states’ rights to adopt more protective laws and create rules where no federal rules exist. But now, the factory farm and food industry lobbyists in Washington, D.C are on the verge of taking away our right to protect ourselves at the state level.It is imperative that advocates for safe food (and for democracy) share these concerns with our federal legislators. We must urge Congress to oppose H.R. 4167, before it preempts vital state laws that protect consumers from toxins and other contaminants in our food supply. California’s Proposition 65 law, for example, would be undermined by H.R. 4167. In California, Proposition 65 requires seafood markets to post mercury warning signs, helping to protect children, expecting mothers and unborn babies from the all-too-real threat of mercury in seafood. Some supermarket chains outside of California, like Safeway and Wild Oats, have even voluntarily started using the California warnings as models for posting fish advisories in all their stores nationwide. Proposition 65 is one of the nation’s strongest public health measures, and the food industry lobbyists are working to invalidate the law with this federal food preemption bill.And it’s not just California that would be affected. The Congressional Budget Office says this food safety preemption legislation could nullify about 120 state and local food safety or labeling requirements nationwide. Given the factory farm industry and the Bush Administration’s ongoing assault on environmental and food safety protections, it’s likely that many if not all state level food safety rules would be lost if H.R. 4167 passes.


Haddy said...

It is absurd to witness the disawareness Big Brother is trying to poison us with. It is just another social handicap that they are catalyzing. If we eat anything you put in front of us, what have we succomed to? What happened to consciousness, and which prison are they trying to rehabilitate it in? Instead of fixing the problem they are only going to let it get worse. If ignorance is bliss, I'm sure it comes with indigestion. To quote the band Dispatch, "...they dont have to burn the books, they just remove them." I fear for our health, or self awareness, and our peace of mind.

karam said...

I am in total agreement with you. If they insist that they have the right to produce GMO food, which I do not think that they do, then at a minimum I should be able to make an informed choice of what I am about to consume. I think that the Government would like to remove the books in order to burn them.

Haddy said...

I found this quote on an esteemed website I refer to often..."If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take,
their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny."
Thomas Jefferson

If they could see that back then, where did we go wrong down the road? For reference the website is:

It has many many articles about all matters, one site that I believe to speak the truth, the voice for the new generation as they claim.

Haddy said...

Haddy said...

I heard this morning on Q104.3 that the Chinese have engineered crops that glow green when they are in need of water. They infused the gene of a jellyfish with the plant to give the farmers notice, to "communicate" with the farmers, to tell them they need water. I do not know about the rest of you, but I don't want my bowels to resemble the Incredible Hulk...

Frank Marchese said...

Who knows what we are consuming, there are still insufficient details of what GMO's do to us in the long run. I feel that this is another attempt to stop the "trouble makers" from making big business lose profit. If we continue to weaken the environmental chains then we will see a drastic negative change in civilized society in the near future.

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