[permaculture] S. 510, the Senate version of major food safety legislation - the vote on this is Nov. 18
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
lflj at bellsouth.net
Thu Nov 12 16:34:02 EST 2009
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Subject: [SANET-MG] FW: A Weekly Update Special Alert
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 11:40:16 -0500
From: Annette M. Higby <annette at SUSTAINABLEAGRICULTURE.NET>
To: SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU
Apologies for cross posts.
From: Aimee Witteman, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
[mailto:awitteman at sustainableagriculture.net]
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:30 AM
To: annette at sustainableagriculture.net
Subject: A Weekly Update Special Alert
FOOD SAFETY ACTION ALERT!
November 12, 2009
FOOD SAFETY PROPOSALS MUST PROTECT FAMILY FARMS, SUSTAINABLE & ORGANIC
CALL MEMBERS OF THE "HELP" COMMITTEE
BEFORE NOVEMBER 18!
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will mark
up S. 510, the Senate version of major food safety legislation already
approved by the House of Representatives, next Wednesday, November 18.
The bill focuses on foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, not
meat and poultry which is regulated by USDA.
The bill includes several key reforms that would put real teeth into federal
regulation of large-scale food processing corporations to better protect
consumers. However, the bill as written would also do serious harm to
family farm value added processing, local and regional food systems,
conservation and wildlife protection, and organic farming.
The good news is the HELP committee could fix those problems with the
adoption of some common sense provisions to retain a crack down on corporate
bad actors without erecting dangerous new barriers to the growing healthy
food movement based on small and mid-sized family farms, sustainable and
organic production methods, and more local and regional food sourcing.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the National Organic
Coalition, have fashioned just such a set of common sense provisions that
must be added to S 510.
We urge you to contact your Senator on the HELP Committee (list below) and
urge them to support the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and
National Organic Coalition amendments!
It's easy to call. If your Senator is on the HELP Committee (see the list
below), please call or fax their office and ask to speak with the aide in
charge of food safety issues. 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 support the proposals for amendments to S 510
offered by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the National
Specifically, ask them to support the following key principles:
* The bill should provide small and mid-sized family farms that market
value-added farm products with training and technical assistance in
developing food safety plans for their farms.
* The bill should direct FDA to narrow the kinds of farm activities
subject to FDA control and to base those regulations on sound risk analysis.
(Current FDA rules assume, without any scientific evidence or risk analysis,
that all farms which undertake any one of a long list of processing,
labeling or packaging activities should be regulated.)
* The bill should direct FDA to ease compliance for organic farmers by
integrating the FDA standards with the organic certification rules. FDA
compliance should not jeopardize a farmer's ability to be organically
certified under USDA's National Organic Program.
* The bill should insist that FDA food safety standards and guidance
will not contradict federal conservation, environmental, and wildlife
standards and practices, and not force the farmer to choose which federal
agency to obey and which to reject.
* Farmers who sell directly to consumers should not be required to
keep records and be part of a federal "traceback" system. All other farms
should not be required to maintain records electronically or records beyond
the first point of sale beyond the farmgate.
For more information on the Senate Food Safety bill, please see NSAC's
T3wCKRvfmki> Talking Points here and its Policy Brief Food
wCKRvfmki> Safety on the Farm.
List of Senate HELP Committee Members
Senator Phone Fax
Tom Harkin (IA) 202-224-3254 No fax
Chris Dodd (CT) 202-224-2823 202-224-1083
Barbara Mikulski (MD) 202-224-4654 202-224-8858
Jeff Bingaman (NM) 202-224-5521 No fax
Patty Murray (WA) 202-224-2621 202-224-0238
Jack Reed (RI) 202-224-4642 202-224-4680
Bernie Sanders (VT) 202-224-5141 202-228-0776
Sherrod Brown (OH) 202-224-2315 202-228-6321
Bob Casey (PA) 202-224-6324 202-228-0604
Kay Hagan (NC) 202-224-6342 202-228-2563
Jeff Merkley (OR) 202-224-3753 202-228-3997
Al Franken (MN) 202-224-5641 No fax
Michael Bennet (CO) 202-224-5852 202-228-5036
Senator Phone Fax
Mike Enzi (WY) 202-224-3424 202-228-0359
Judd Gregg (NH) 202-224-3324 No fax
Lamar Alexander (TN) 202-224-4944 202-228-3398
Richard Burr (NC) 202-224-3154 202-228-2981
Johnny Isakson (GA) 202-224-3643 202-228-0724
Orrin Hatch (UT) 202-224-5251 202-224-6331
Pat Roberts (KS) 202-224-4774 202-224-3514
Tom Coburn (OK) 202-224-5754 202-224-6008
Lisa Murkowski (AK) 202-224-6665 202-224-5301
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
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