Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lame-Duck Session - #2427 -SB510 - Food Safety Modernization Act: Call Your Senators Today - To Defend Family Farm Value Added - Processing and Local and Regional Food Systems, Managers Amendment and Tester - Hagan Amendment (2) FDA - VIDEO: 90 Second Summary of Food Safety Act - Gov. Track Insider

UPDATE:   Voting on The Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) is set to begin on the Senate floor on November 29th. The bill takes important steps to improve corporate food safety rules but it is not appropriate for small farms and processors that sell to restaurants, food coops, groceries, schools, wholesalers and at farm stands and farmers markets.  NSAC thinks that these farms should have food safety plans appropriate to their size and processing practices. But it is critical that as we ramp up food safety protections we don’t inadvertently do harm to family farm value- added processing and the growing investments in local and regional food systems by imposing expensive, one-size-fits- all rules.  Two amendments will be offered when S. 510 comes to the floor and both are essential to protecting this important new engine for economic growth in rural communities and to grow the supply of locally grown food.  Please call your Senators and ask them to:
Vote for the Manager’s Amendment
• Vote for the Tester-Hagan Amendment
It’s easy to call: Go to Congress.org and type in your zip code. Click on your Senator’s name, and then on the contact tab for their phone number. You can also call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator’s office: 202-224-3121.  The message is simple: “I am a constituent of Senator___________ and I am calling to ask him/her to vote for the Manager’s Amendment and the Tester–Hagan Amendment to the Food Safety Modernization Act. We need a food safety bill that cracks down on corporate bad actors without erecting new barriers to more local and regional food sourcing. Size and practice appropriate food safety regulation for small and mid-sized farms and processors is vital to economic recovery, public health, and nutritional wellbeing. “................  The effort championed by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to strip the bill of wildlife-threatening enforcement against “animal encroachment” of farms is also in the manager’s package. It will require FDA to apply sound science to any requirements that might impact wildlife and wildlife habitat on farms.  Read more.......  The last paragraph here is frightening, goes back to the Livable Communities Act of 2009, and Private Property rights and the attempt to return lands to natural 'Wildlands.'


LAME-DUCK SESSION OF CONGRESS ARTICLESArticle and Video - FDA - 90 Second Summary of Food Safety Modernization Act - Gov. Track Insider - For Episode 7, we look ahead to next month’s lame duck session and preview a bill like­ly to be examined in the Senate in the first week back. ............. Its fate at this point will be determined almost entirely by the amount of floor time Democratic leaders are willing to spend on it. But in case you’d like to nudge them one way or the other and want to learn more be fore hand, here’s the skinny on S. 510, The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.........• Opponents see this as a costly and burden some intrusion into the food industry, one that could put in dependent and organic producers out of business. Small and sustain­able farms may be exempted from certain regulations in the version that ultimately reaches the floor, potentially mitigating their opposition.  Read more..........

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