WHOOPS — FOOD SAFETY BILL HITS CONSTITUTIONAL SNAG

Thursday, December 2, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Sarah Foster
December 2, 2010
© 2010 NewsWithViews.com

WASHINGTON — A controversial food safety bill that supporters were confident would sail through the House following passage this Tuesday by the U.S. Senate, has been stopped in its tracks by a constitutional provision that revenue-raising measures must originate in the lower chamber.

The bill had come under fierce attack for its grant of massive new powers to the Food and Drug Administration, and today’s announcement that the chances for passage during the lame duck session are slim-to-none was hailed by natural food groups, family farming organizations, health freedom advocates and their allies.

“We see it as dead in the water,” said Darrell Rogers, communications director for the Alliance for Natural Health-USA, an advocacy group that has been on the frontlines opposing the bill.

“If not dead, it’s verifiably on life-support and its condition is terminal,” he added.

S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, is intended to extend the regulatory and enforcement powers of the FDA over food production and distribution, empowering the agency to inspect food facilities more often and expanding its access to food facility records. It further requires food producers and processors to develop and keep detailed records and prevention plans.

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