Tag Archives: food safety

S 510 Update

Here’s the latest on S510: The Tester Amendment is now part of the Manager’s Amendment, which is (apparently) routinely adopted when passing a bill.  This would exempt enterprises doing less than $500,000/year in sales and which do business within a … Continue reading

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Senate says YES to cloture on S 510

The United States Senate voted YES today — 75 to 24! — for the cloture motion on S 510.  “Cloture” means that a final vote must be scheduled on the bill within 60 days.  So while this is a defeat, … Continue reading

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Fear – Fire – Foes – Awake — S 510 up for a vote this week!

Fear – Fire – Foes – Awake! S 510 up for vote on Wednesday According to Food Safety News, the so-called Food Safety Bill, S 510, will be up for a procedural vote on Wednesday. If it passes this hurdle, … Continue reading

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FEAR — FIRE — FOES — AWAKE! S 510 may destroy local agriculture.

Senate bill 510 continues to be a threat to local agriculture in the United States.  A version has passed the US House of Representatives, and it is now before the US Senate.  Fortunately, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has placed … Continue reading

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Sausage, Legislation, and HR 2749.

The German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck – not known as a great democrat in his day – is reputed to have said – “There are two things you will never wish to watch: the making of sausage and the making … Continue reading

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Democracy Denied

Steph Larsen, writing in the blog for the Center for Rural Affairs, in Lyons, Nebraska, has some interesting thoughts about HR 2749 in her post of July 29, 2009, Democracy Denied. Excerpt: For those of you who were reading the … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Congressman Dingell’s “Dear Colleague” Letter on HR 2749.

An Analysis of Congressman Dingell’s “Dear Colleague” Letter in Support of HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 prepared by Bob Waldrop, president, Oklahoma Food Cooperative PDF Version After the unexpected defeat of HR 2749 on Wednesday, July … Continue reading

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God help me, I read the whole thing.

God help me, I read the whole thing, all 159 pages of HR 2749 as amended by the House Rules Committee this afternoon.  Someone remind me to drink bourbon before I do something like this again.  As it was, I … Continue reading

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Dodged one bullet — but there’s another one in the chamber, loaded, locked, and aimed

I just received word that HR 2749 — the so-called “Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009″ – failed to receive the 2/3 vote that it needed for passage under the special rules — but it failed by only SIX VOTES.  … Continue reading

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Major threat to local food in Congress TODAY

HR 2749, a so-called “food safety” act, will likely be voted on by the US House of Representatives today. This bill will cause serious problems for local food systems.  Among other things – + It includes a new $500/site fee … Continue reading

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