With a little less help from my friends
By Consumers Union on Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
A tiny little provision of the voluminous farm bill would cut states out of the food safety equation for food products inspected by or determined to be unregulated by USDA. Section 123 of the farm bill appears to be targeted at states and localities that have regulated genetically engineered crops or acted on behalf of animal welfare by passing laws and ordinances prohibiting the sale of foie gras or the slaughter of horses for human food.
The 110 year old Association of Food and Drug Officials is concerned that the provision would tie the hands of state and local food officials dealing with Listeria and E. coli in post inspected products. Given the high profile food contamination events of the past year one has to wonder what Congress is thinking?
You can tell Congress to kill this provision. And read the letter we sent along with 40 other organizations to the House Agriculture Committee.