Our Food Supply Is Contaminated-Food Safety Act
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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.
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.
According to maplight.org, 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 $500,000 a year, many large food companies objected, arguing that the exemption puts consumers at risk.
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- ^ “Senate passes Food Safety Act with Tester’s amendment | Indy Blog”. Missoulanews.bigskypress.com. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
- ^ Page 2 of 2 (2010-12-01). “Page 2: Senate Votes for Food Safety Overhaul – ABC News”. Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
Does this make sense to you? It seems like there are too many vague and open-ended provisions in this law. Just like any other law, it is open to interpretation so that Congress can go in and make “clarifications” as it is stated in Wikipedia’s definition.
There is a method to the madness when it comes to a law like this. Question: One would ask, who are the benefactors of this law and who are they trying to protect? Answer: Monsanto Seed Company and other special interest groups. There is big money in passing this bill and the power to influence and control for whatever reason.
I believe that when we follow the money we are able to make more sense of things. Check out this graph and you will be able to make up your mind, especially when you view the video below.
S. 510 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
2 voted present/not voting
Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that supported this bill
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org
**** I apologize for the way I transferred the information listed below on this graph. It was the best I could do considering what I had to work with.
Contributions by Legislators
|Name||Party||State||$ From Interest Groups
|$ From Interest Groups
|Daniel K. Akaka||D||HI||$260||$9,090||Yes|
|Andrew Lamar Alexander||R||TN||$41,200||$81,977||Yes|
|Birch “Evan” Bayh||D||IN||$10,000||$11,550||Yes|
|Jesse “Jeff” Bingaman||D||NM||$18,751||$7,199||Yes|
|Christopher “Kit” Bond||R||MO||$5,200||$0||Not Voting|
|Sam Brownback||R||KS||$500||$12,600||Not Voting|
|Clarence Saxby Chambliss||R||GA||$44,500||$704,575||No|
|William Thad Cochran||R||MS||$4,300||$34,594||No|
|Gaylord Kent Conrad||D||ND||$25,450||$24,862||Yes|
|Kay Bailey Hutchison||R||TX||$20,183||$268,473||No|
|Addison “Mitch” McConnell||R||KY||$49,900||$620,421||No|
|Earl “Ben” Nelson||D||NE||$38,450||$42,700||Yes|
|Clarence “Bill” Nelson||D||FL||$82,755||$73,490||Yes|
|John “Jack” Reed||D||RI||$8,060||$6,600||Yes|
|Charles “Pat” Roberts||R||KS||$9,950||$217,843||No|
|John “Jay” Rockefeller||D||WV||$59,350||$2,000||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