BEWARE THE LAME DUCK- S.510 MUST BE OPPOSED RIGHT NOW!!
URGENT ALERT- CLOTURE VOTE ON S.510 THIS WEEK
S.510, the Food Safety Bill contains language that seriously threat to our access to dietary supplements according to attorney Jonathan Emord. See the interview with him below.
Please call both of your Senators today to oppose it via the Capital Switchboard at
202-224-3121. When you get connected ask for each of your Senators. Tell them to kill S.510 The Food Safety Bill Tell them not to hand broad new regulatory powers to the corrupt FDA that would be used against dietary supplement manufacturers and also small farmers!
The legislation encourages the FDA to harmonize its regulations to those of the European Union where dietary supplements are very heavily restricted. It also creates a financial incentive for the FDA to engage in numerous inspections of dietary supplement companies and small farmers in which small businessmen would be charged for the hourly cost of any reinspection. This sets the stage for gross regulatory abuse by an out of control agency with a long history of abusing its power:
See the following excerpt from an interview below of attorney Jonathan Emord by Jon Rappoport and please forward this alert widely- call everyone you know to urge them to call their Senators. We must apply huge pressure THIS WEEK during this Lame Duck session of Congress if we are to successfully kill this bill because many who support it are on their way out of office and don't care what we want.
The entire interview can be seen at this link http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/the-threat-to-health-freedom-now/ but the excerpt below pertains directly to S.510.
RAPPOPORT: This past summer, Congress took up a food safety bill (S.510). What’s its present status? Does its wording really suggest we may be subject to Codex regulations vis-à-vis the sale of nutritional supplements? What are the shortcomings of the bill?
EMORD: This bill is a significant threat to the supplement industry. It contains a provision that permits FDA to charge the hourly cost of its inspections of [nutritional-supplement] establishments if the agency finds a violation warranting a re-inspection.
That creates an incentive for FDA to find fault on first inspections and to do re-inspections as a revenue raiser. The bill also includes a provision that encourages FDA to evaluate harmonization between domestic and foreign regulation. That invites the agency to construe its regulations to effect a change in them favoring the EU model. At a time when the FDA is in great disrepute for abusing its powers (approving unsafe drugs, failing to force the withdrawal of unsafe drugs form the market, and censoring health information concerning supplements), the Congress is about to entrust the agency with yet more vast new regulatory powers.
That is a big mistake. Congress should be moving rapidly in the other direction, taking away power from this corrupt agency. The problem is that Congress, too, is quite corrupt. Senator Harry Reid said that he would not move the bill forward in the Senate until after the election. The election is likely to result in Republican control of the House and either Republican control of the Senate or a loss of Democratic dominance in the Senate. If that happens, S. 510 could become a casualty of an angry electorate desirous of stopping the regulatory train before it leaves the station.
ALSO SEE THIS ALERT AGAINST S.510 BY THE WESTON A PRICE FOUNDATION-
IT ALSO THREATENS SMALL ORGANIC FARMERS-- WHEN YOU CALL YOUR SENATORS ALSO DISCUSS THESE TALKING POINTS
URGENT ACTION ALERT ON FOOD SAFETY LEGISLATION
The Senate is coming back for the lame duck session, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) is scheduled for a cloture vote this week. We have asked you to take action on this issue several times this year, and now were in the final push. It is critical that you call your Senators NOW to urge them to amend or oppose S.510!
S.510 greatly expands FDAs authority over both processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables, and would give FDA authority to impose extensive, burdensome requirements on even the smallest processing facilities and farms that sell to local consumers.
We need the Tester-Hagan amendment to protect our vulnerable local food producers!
Please call BOTH of your Senators. You can find their contact information at www.Senate.gov or by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Urge your Senators to amend or oppose S.510, and specifically to:
1) SUPPORT the TESTER-HAGAN AMENDMENT to prevent the imposition of new federal regulations on small-scale, direct-marketing producers.
2) OPPOSE any amendment to add criminal penalties to S.510.
As it is currently written, S.510 would make our food supply LESS safe by harming local producers, increasing our reliance on imported foods due to the burden on domestic producers, and giving FDA new powers without holding the agency accountable for its failures.
2. Increased regulations and record-keeping obligations could destroy small businesses that bring both jobs and food to local communities. In this time of economic hardship, we need more local food businesses! Congress should work to reduce regulatory burdens on them, not increase them.
For Health Freedom, John C. Hammell, President International Advocates for Health Freedom 556 Boundary Bay Road Point Roberts, WA 98281-8702 USA http://www.iahf.com firstname.lastname@example.org 800-333-2553 N.America 360-945-0352 World