First there was CPSIA -- to tell us what children's products we could and could not make, sell, or buy. Now Congress is going after our food supply...All in the name of "protecting us", of course!
The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, House Bill 875, has 40 co-sponsors and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Agriculture on February 4, 2009.
It has such a "safe sounding" title:
Title: To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes. (emphasis mine!)
Just like "any" became a big problem in CPSIA -- this section "and for other purposes" should concern us.
There are two portions of the first directions that jumped out at me right away were: Directs the Administrator to: (1) administer a national food safety program; and (6) establishing a national traceability system for food.
I don't believe a national food safety program would be one of the constitutionally granted roles of the federal government. And a tracing system for our food? I'm not liking that idea.
I believe there are some other issues with the law, those are just the ones I know of right now. Definitely a good law to contact our representatives about voting against!