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FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it. The Secretary of Health and Human Services also deals with the FSMA.

Scope

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require registration and payment of a fee by any “person (excluding farms and restaurants) who manufactures, processes, packs, distributes, receives, holds, or imports an article of food.” Individuals who partake in food handling without official registration are subject to a maximum 10 year prison sentence. Registration requires each facility which produces or handles food to maintain records relating to food safety.

The law contains potential exceptions for food grown and consumed at private residences. Likewise, smaller farms that sell directly to consumers can be exempt. For example, food sold at local farmers’ markets would not necessarily be subject to the certification requirements.

Specific provisions in the law governing small-farm and farmer’s markets provide for FDA authority

  • to exempt farms engaged in low or no risk processing or from co-mingling activities from new regulatory requirements or to modify particular regulatory requirements for such farming operations;
  • to minimize the number of different regulatory standards that apply to separate foods;
  • to make requirements scale appropriate, and to prohibit FDA from requiring farms and other food facilities to hire outside consultants to write food safety plans;
  • to provide for a USDA-delivered competitive grant program for food safety training for farmers, small processors and wholesalers, with emphasis placed upon on small and mid-scale farms;
  • to prohibit wildlife-threatening enforcement against “animal encroachment” of farms and to require the application of sound science to any requirements that might impact wildlife and wildlife habitat;
  • to exempt farmers from extensive and expensive traceability and record-keeping requirements if they sell food directly to consumers or to grocery stores;
  • to provide that labeling preserving the identity of the original farm through intervening processors to the consumer can satisfy traceability requirements
  • in most cases, to limit farm record-keeping to the first point of sale when the product leaves the farm.

The new law also places more extensive requirements on importers via the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP). Both programs place importers in the front line of defense against bringing unsafe foods into the United States.

Reaction

According to maplight.org,[1] large trade organizations have joined public health advocates in supporting the bill, while groups aligned with individuals and small farms have generally opposed it. However, after Senate adoption of Jon Tester‘s amendment, which allows for the possible exemption of producers that sell less than $500,000 a year,[2] many large food companies objected, arguing that the exemption puts consumers at risk.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act – Senate Vote: On Passage | Total Campaign Contributions | MapLight – Money and Politics”. MapLight. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  2. ^ “Senate passes Food Safety Act with Tester’s amendment | Indy Blog”. Missoulanews.bigskypress.com. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  3. ^ Page 2 of 2 (2010-12-01). “Page 2: Senate Votes for Food Safety Overhaul – ABC News”. Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2012-05-29.

Does this make sense to you? It seems like there are too many vague and open-ended provisions in this law. Just like any other law, it is open to interpretation so that Congress can go in and make “clarifications” as it is stated in Wikipedia’s definition.

There is a method to the madness when it comes to a law like this. Question: One would ask, who are the benefactors of this law and who are they trying to protect? Answer: Monsanto Seed Company and other special interest groups. There is big money in passing this bill and the power to influence and control for whatever reason.

I believe that when we follow the money we are able to make more sense of things. Check out this graph and you will be able to make up your mind, especially when you view the video below.

S. 510 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Food Safety Bill, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, Imported food, Food hazards, Foodborne illnesses, Food recall, Food contamination – Agriculture and food. 111th Congress (2009-2010) View bill details
Sponsor:
Summary:
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill was voted on in the Senate on November 30, 2010 
Amendments:
18 proposed amendments. 1 accepted. View amendments 
Senate Vote:  PASSED on November 30, 2010.1/2 required to pass voted YES: 73 voted NO: 25
2 voted present/not voting

Other Votes:

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that supported this bill

$4,566,189
97% more

$8,990,011
Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2010.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

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**** I apologize for the way I transferred the information listed below on this graph. It was the best I could do considering what I had to work with.

Contributions by Legislators

Name  Party  State $ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. Akaka D HI $260 $9,090 Yes
Andrew Lamar Alexander R TN $41,200 $81,977 Yes
John Barrasso R WY $1,500 $34,950 No
Max Baucus D MT $68,549 $87,200 Yes
Birch “Evan” Bayh D IN $10,000 $11,550 Yes
Mark Begich D AK $90,674 $1,250 Yes
Michael Bennet D CO $166,611 $8,600 Yes
Bob Bennett R UT $17,000 $2,500 No
Jesse “Jeff” Bingaman D NM $18,751 $7,199 Yes
Christopher “Kit” Bond R MO $5,200 $0 Not Voting
Barbara Boxer D CA $274,992 $76,440 Yes
Scott Brown R MA $18,300 $393,335 Yes
Sherrod Brown D OH $69,350 $9,750 Yes
Sam Brownback R KS $500 $12,600 Not Voting
Jim Bunning R KY $1,000 $1,450 No
Richard Burr R NC $46,975 $158,842 Yes
Maria Cantwell D WA $154,365 $23,150 Yes
Ben Cardin D MD $43,541 $10,100 Yes
Tom Carper D DE $19,900 $13,900 Yes
Bob Casey D PA $69,763 $11,350 Yes
Clarence Saxby Chambliss R GA $44,500 $704,575 No
Tom Coburn R OK $6,000 $143,193 No
William Thad Cochran R MS $4,300 $34,594 No
Susan Collins R ME $37,350 $170,871 Yes
Gaylord Kent Conrad D ND $25,450 $24,862 Yes
Chris Coons D DE $14,577 $3,950 Yes
Bob Corker R TN $50,500 $215,251 No
John Cornyn R TX $21,000 $529,266 No
Mike Crapo R ID $5,300 $27,200 No
Jim DeMint R SC $27,350 $400,820 No
Chris Dodd D CT $9,800 $12,900 Yes
Byron Dorgan D ND $3,750 $4,650 Yes
Dick Durbin D IL $33,960 $15,700 Yes
John Ensign R NV $7,500 $76,472 No
Mike Enzi R WY $9,500 $49,344 Yes
Russ Feingold D WI $92,174 $14,950 Yes
Dianne Feinstein D CA $37,850 $142,249 Yes
Al Franken D MN $147,988 $10,550 Yes
Kirsten Gillibrand D NY $90,909 $34,750 Yes
Lindsey Graham R SC $18,584 $60,908 No
Chuck Grassley R IA $7,250 $93,100 Yes
Judd Gregg R NH $4,000 $5,000 Yes
Kay Hagan D NC $43,197 $27,400 Yes
Tom Harkin D IA $132,269 $104,200 Yes
Orrin Hatch R UT $126,371 $100,402 No
Kay Bailey Hutchison R TX $20,183 $268,473 No
Jim Inhofe R OK $2,250 $172,050 No
Dan Inouye D HI $7,400 $32,000 Yes
Johnny Isakson R GA $48,045 $82,200 No
Mike Johanns R NE $26,199 $104,146 Yes
Tim Johnson D SD $11,100 $5,000 Yes
John Kerry D MA $23,520 $76,400 Yes
Mark Kirk R IL $64,660 $531,355 Yes
Amy Klobuchar D MN $89,550 $2,500 Yes
Herb Kohl D WI $0 $0 Yes
Jon Kyl R AZ $21,800 $507,356 No
Mary Landrieu D LA $5,616 $13,300 Yes
Frank Lautenberg D NJ $20,953 $5,500 Yes
George LeMieux R FL $0 $0 Yes
Patrick Leahy D VT $24,500 $19,450 Yes
Carl Levin D MI $27,645 $15,100 Yes
Joe Lieberman I CT $60,450 $22,100 Yes
Blanche Lincoln D AR $38,650 $125,697 Yes
Dick Lugar R IN $15,400 $15,000 Yes
Joe Manchin D WV $25,450 $2,650 Yes
John McCain R AZ $10,500 $255,423 No
Claire McCaskill D MO $58,660 $7,050 Yes
Addison “Mitch” McConnell R KY $49,900 $620,421 No
Bob Menéndez D NJ $41,650 $24,650 Yes
Jeff Merkley D OR $88,445 $11,800 Yes
Barbara Mikulski D MD $16,850 $30,500 Yes
Lisa Murkowski R AK $28,500 $20,650 Yes
Patty Murray D WA $93,478 $69,550 Yes
Earl “Ben” Nelson D NE $38,450 $42,700 Yes
Clarence “Bill” Nelson D FL $82,755 $73,490 Yes
Mark Pryor D AR $12,050 $7,350 Yes
John “Jack” Reed D RI $8,060 $6,600 Yes
Harry Reid D NV $173,209 $79,450 Yes
Jim Risch R ID $7,500 $246,809 No
Charles “Pat” Roberts R KS $9,950 $217,843 No
John “Jay” Rockefeller D WV $59,350 $2,000 Yes
Bernie Sanders I VT $38,100 $5,800 Yes
Chuck Schumer D NY $80,700 $10,000 Yes
Jeff Sessions R AL $17,700 $109,464 No
Jeanne Shaheen D NH $92,655 $11,650 Yes
Richard Shelby R AL $12,100 $27,100 No
Olympia Snowe R ME $12,650 $55,225 Yes
Arlen Specter D PA $30,800 $116,774 Yes
Debbie Stabenow D MI $37,310 $54,400 Yes
Jon Tester D MT $122,477 $9,140 Yes
John Thune R SD $20,725 $356,692 No
Mark Udall D CO $320,147 $8,450 Yes
Tom Udall D NM $141,004 $2,750 Yes
David Vitter R LA $38,100 $283,825 Yes
George Voinovich R OH $1,500 $58,650 Yes
Mark Warner D VA $23,183 $18,263 Yes
Jim Webb D VA $46,140 $8,300 Yes
Sheldon Whitehouse D RI $65,310 $9,200 Yes
Roger Wicker R MS $16,050 $136,875 No
Ron Wyden D OR $17,000 $28,500 Yes

 I have highlighted the Congressman that voted NO on this law. If one of your elected officials have voted YES on this law, you will want to re-think voting for them again. It seems to be clear that there were backroom deals so that this bill would be passed. There was a lot of money that came from special interest groups that opposed this law, I report-you decide!

Please note: There have been cases when citations were issued but dropped for people growing their own gardens! Interesting that the government would try to outlaw someone that does not want Genetic Modified Organisms (G.M.O.)  They have tried to outlaw heirloom seeds so that the public would be forced to buy Monsanto’s seeds. This is very scarey, especially when there are cases with birth defects such as Autism as well as many other birth defects.

This has to be one of the biggest scams the government has ever pulled on the American people. OUR FOOD IS NOT SAFE ACCORDING TO THE VIDEO THAT IS LISTED BELOW!

For more information from honest information.com about Monsanto Seed Company and The Food Modernization and Safety Act of 2009 and 2011  click here

Commentary Written by:

Terrance W. Norton

 

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