Tomorrow, the Senate is to vote on the Food Safety Modernization Bill (S.510).
This Bill will place more Government control on the Food Chain. Initially, and in theory, it may sound good. This will put the road side food stands out of business, the Bill does not define “facility” and the Bill is very vague. This Bill is also aimed at taking down businesses that sell natural supplements, vitamins and minerals.
Info on S510 – The Food Safety Modernization Act
- Food Safety Bills in Congress
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Posted July 23, 2010
Straight to the Source
Tell Congress: One size does not fit all when considering food safety bills! Small local farms and food processors are fundamentally different from huge, industrial food suppliers that ship food all over the country. Congress can and should address the problems with the industrial food supply without harming the local food systems that provide an alternative for concerned consumers!
The U.S. Senate is considering a bill, S. 510, to reform the food safety system. Although reform of the industrial food supply is clearly needed, this bill threatens to create more problems than it will solve. S. 510 would undermine the rapidly growing local foods movement by imposing unnecessary, burdensome regulations on small farms and food processors – everyone from your local CSA to the small bakers, jam makers, and people making fermented vegetables to sell at the local farmers market.
JULY 2010 Update: The bill has been delayed, but it is still a real threat, so keep up the calls! You can read our earlier action alert, which includes contact information and talking points for talking with your Senators, here. The list of organizations urging Senators to support the Tester-Hagan amendment to exempt small-scale and direct-marketing producers from the most burdensome portions of the bill is now 157 strong! Read our letter here
NEW – Several members have received responses from their Senators extolling provisions in the bill that allegedly help or exempt local food producers. It’s very important that we continue to educate these Senators about the real impacts of the bill. Check out our FAQ for more information.
Q&A Get the facts about the Tester-Hagan amendment to protect local foods. And then call your Senators to urge them to co-sponsor the amendments!
Briefing on the requirement for “facilities” under S. 510
Briefing on the “produce standards” under S. 510
Please, please call your Senators and let them know where you stand and how you want them to vote on S.510.
How to locate your Senators
Personally, I will call my Senators and ask they vote NO for S.510!