Thursday, September 23, 2010

S510 The Food Safety bill.

Will this bill really be beneficial to you and your family? Not if the FDA has their grubby paws in deciding what you get to eat. Check out the comments the FDA has made during a law suit proceedings earlier this year.

FDA’s Views on Food Freedom of Choice
S510 would give FDA significantly more power to regulate food, particularly food in intrastate commerce. For those who think it’s a good idea to give FDA more power, here are the agency’s views on your freedom to obtain the foods of your choice; these are direct quotations from the agency’s response to a lawsuit the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed earlier this year challenging the interstate ban on raw milk for human consumption:
  • "There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food." [A--p. 25]
  • "There is no 'deeply rooted' historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds." [A--p. 26]
  • "Plaintiffs' assertion of a 'fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families' is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish." [A--p. 26]
  • "There is no fundamental right to freedom of contract." [A--p. 27]
For those that think it is a good idea to give the agency more power, here are some of the products FDA has allowed in the marketplace: MSG (monosodium glutamate as an additive), high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), aspartame, genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), Avandia (prescribed for type 2 diabetes) and Vioxx (arthritis pain medication).

The recent egg recall along with other food recalls have prompted a push for more food safety regulations. However the same problem STILL remains. The FDA already HAD control over the inspections at the egg farm and they failed to properly conduct those inspections. So tell me again how adding NEW regulations on top of old ones will ever help keep the food safe if the required inspections are not done properly?  Check out the full bill  here and decide for yourself if you really think that this is the right way to go or not.


  1. It doesn't add new regulations. It mandates more inspections.

  2. Actually it would mandate New Regulations because it would mandate a not now existing National Animal ID system. Among other things.