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Obama Signs Big, Pricey Food Bill

Posted on Jan 4, 2011
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The legislation that President Obama signed Tuesday represents the biggest revamp of the country’s food regulation system in decades—that is, if it gets past those congressional Republicans spoiling for a fight as they pledge to crack down on government spending this year.  —KA

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The legislation follows a series of widespread outbreaks of foodborne illness and food product recalls. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius calls it “the most significant food-safety law of the last 100 years.”

But some Republicans in Congress who will oversee the FDA have questioned the necessity and cost of the overhaul—estimated at $1.4 billion over five years—and they have warned that the administration could face a tough fight to fund provisions designed to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.

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By Dr.Sense, February 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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You would all blindly choose to live in the current world of chemical engineered
foods and toothless supervisors making back door deals, never really
“supervising” how our food and our kids’ food gets made.  You would rather live in
this world of untrusted food chains, rather than give this policy a shot?  I got some
words for your: research the impact of Teddy Roosevelt’s Meat Inspection Act and
tell me that this law is not an attempt to replicate those results.  Morons.

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By G.Anderson, January 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

Good work Boxer and Feinstein, the FDA just announced it will prosecute those that
manufacture injectable vitamin C, even thought it’s used by the military for burn victims.
How many will die because of what you have done?

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By rico, suave, January 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment


Anderson is right. The big food and drug producers will be far less affected by this than the informal mom and pop coops. Say goodbye to PTA bake sale fundraisers. Say goodbye to small town farmers’ markets. I can see it now- men in black descending on the Central High School cheerleaders’ cookie sale and closing it down for lack of FDA paperwork. Smith’s Truck Farm unable to sell its tomatoes for lack of a heath inspection certificate. But hey, the feds are protecting us from ourselves and that’s the most important thing, right? Screw the unintended consequences.

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By G.Anderson, January 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment

Actually no this is yet another betrayal by Demoxrats, and president Obama. It will not
increase food safety. It allows the FDA, who already kills hundreds of thousand a year
with bad drugs, to continue their work for the plutocrats. It’s like promoting a crooked cop
to police chief.

The bill exempts food grown overseas, which will encourage more imported foods. Many
of those foods are grown with toxic pesticides banned here in the USA. Currently there is
almost no inspection of those foods, and there isn’t likely to be any. It will also likely
increase food prices as this bill will likely force small organic farms out of business.

It’s another gift to the plutocracy by the Democrats, another reason why president
Obama must not be elected to a second term, and why the Democratic party, is just
another version of the Republican party.

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By samosamo, January 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment



That bill went into law mighty faster than the
speed of fed ex. Wonder how much the corporate
food industry will make of this piece of corporate
welfare and tax cuts.

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