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The Senate on Tuesday approved new food safety legislation, the largest change of its kind since the 1930s. The vote cleared the way for the bill to become law at the end of the lame-duck session of Congress. The Food and Drug Administration will have newfound authority to hold farmers and food companies accountable for preventing contamination. And for the first time, the law will set safety standards for imported foods.

By Ryan Kellett  |  November 30, 2010; 5:11 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The American consumer is the big loser. Vitamins and minerals can now be taken away from the consumer by the F.D.A. Organic foods will be replaced by very unhealthy GMO foods that have been shown to cause illness, disease, and early death with sterility of animals that consume them. The F.D.A. now has this authority. The only good thing about GMO crops is that they have low yields which means less food to poison the public. Safe and healthy food from organic farms will be replaced with safe and unhealthy food by the F.D.A. Congratulatons America.

Posted by: meadowrock | December 1, 2010 7:18 AM

@Meadowrock: clearly you haven't looked at the bill, as none of what you said is in there. If you were to read it, you would see it's designed to allow the FDA to set standards for food safety, particularly processed foods, require accreditation and independence of food-testing labs, and order recalls of tainted foods. Remember, people DIED from tainted peanut butter, and even though the peanut farming company was caught rigging the safety tests, the FDA could not do anything other than warn us not to eat it.

The fact that this bill passed during a lame-duck session with 73 votes (i.e., lots of Republican support despite a clear political disincentive) should give you a clue about how critically necessary it is.

Posted by: goldsteb | December 1, 2010 9:17 AM

@ Golsteb - And who do you think is going to set those accreditation and acceptable levels? Don't you know the decision makers at the FDA is on a revolving door to Monsanto. Consumers lose and farmers lose. There is no transparency. Have you ever seen corporations, as in this instance, throw money at Congress members to vote on a bill that will require them to adhere to more regulations? Rosa Delauro is the sponsor of this bill and her husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto. Anyone want to guess who is the real winner of this bill? The american public has no clue they've been hoodwinked.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Monsanto-s-dream-bill-HR-by-Linn-Cohen-Cole-090309-337.html

Posted by: removeinfo1 | December 1, 2010 9:56 AM

You can bet, on *any* legislation like this, tht big business will win. Our Congress is nothing but a bunch of whores, running around with mattresses strapped to their backs.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | December 1, 2010 10:01 AM

The FDA can force certain criterias for food now that will be beyond what the public needs. They already require all eggs sold to be bleach washed, bleach leaches through the shell into the interior. But eggs don't need to be bleach washed if they weren't sitting around for months.

Irradiation of more types of food will be more widespread. Irradiation - can it be linked to cancer? What nutrients are lost? What next? Force pesticide applications to kill fugus and bugs? Farmers will now have less freedom, the public will less choice, and our children will end up even sicker than they are now. The skyrocket levels of chronic health issues, allergies, asthma, obesity is staggering. If the food processing companies will clean up their act, there would be no need for all these more harmful regulations.

Posted by: BringYourOwnBags | December 1, 2010 10:13 AM

Thank you removeinfo1 you did a great job rebutting that post. That food safety bill had Monsanto's fingerprints all over it. The procedural error was actually a victory for the American consumer. I hate to politicize it but the Democratic need to continue building nanny govt is something we can't afford. We need to trim govt not add 17,000 new desk jobs at the FDA. Besides the FDA is fully as corrupt as Congress. They are owned completely by big pharma. So allowing the FDA to set policies only gives control to big agra. Better to start over with a fresh new bill and fix the mess rather than create an even bigger one. Waiting until the new Congress intervenes so Tea Party members can have a say is important too. Voters put them in over Democrats so it's only fair they get to decide on the new legislation.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 1, 2010 8:52 PM

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