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Lisa Marie
Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 3:27 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

CONGRESS BLINDFOLDS CONSUMERS- REMOVING RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR FOOD
On March 8, despite massive public opposition, including 50,000 calls and letters from supporters of the Organic Consumers Association, the House of Representatives passed the controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law, which would eliminate over 200 state food safety labeling laws. The law basically takes away local government and states' power to require food safety labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. The bill would also prevent local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients be labeled. Under the bill, hundreds of state laws and regulations would be eliminated, including those relating to the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. In order to become law, the bill will now have to go to the Senate for a vote. Because of the enormous public backlash against the bill, Washington analysts believe the bill will have great difficulty passing in the Senate. OCA and other public interest organizations have vowed to go "all out" to stop this anti-democratic, anti-consumer bill in the Senate. Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/labeling.cfm
Senate Poised to Pass Bill Taking Away Your Right to Know What's in Your Food
Tell your Senator to vote "No" on the "National Uniformity for Food Act"

The House of Representatives has passed a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law that would take away local government and states' power to require food safety food labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. This bill would also prevent citizens in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients such as Monsanto's recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) be labeled.

The Senate will son be voting on this bill which would gut state food safety and labeling laws. The "National Uniformity for Food Act," lowers the bar on food safety by overturning state food safety laws that are not "identical" to federal law. Hundreds of state laws and regulations are at risk, including those governing the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. The bill is being pushed by large supermarket chains and food manufacturers, spearheaded by the powerful Grocery Manufacturers of America.

Big food corporations and the biotech industry understand that consumers are more and more concerned about food safety, genetic engineering, and chemical-intensive agriculture, and are reading labels more closely. They understand that pesticide and mercury residues and hazardous technologies such as genetic engineering and food irradiation will be rejected if there are truthful labels required on food products. This industry-sponsored bill is gaining momentum and must be stopped! Act now! Preserve local and regional democracy and protect yourself and your family from unsafe food by sending an email or calling your Senator.
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 3:26 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There are a lot of dirty hands on that bill.

From http://www.mercola.com/2006/mar/23/house_eliminates_state-mandated_food_labeling.htm:

One lobbyist raised more than $300,000 in political action committee donations for Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who eventually sponsored the bill.

A lobbyist for the Food Products Association is the brother of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

The wife of House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) worked for Kraft Foods' parent company Altria as a lobbyist on the bill.

Also see:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/03/09/MNGFMHL5921.DTL
Lisa Marie
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:14 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Please Take action against this now:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/labeling.cfm
Senate Poised to Pass Bill Taking Away Your Right to Know What's in Your Food
Tell your Senator to vote "No" on the "National Uniformity for Food Act"
Carol H
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 4:57 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Andrew Card just resigned today. Gee, I wonder if he will wind up at working as CEO of a food company like Altria (formerly known as Philip Morris) or the Food Products Association where his brother is a lobbyist. Especially since these two places helped get the Food Uniformity Bill passed in the House.
Anonymous
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 3:24 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ich can mich an dich uberhaupt nicht errinern.xmx

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