Monday, August 4, 2008

Rep Diana DeGette working for a safer food system

That finding gave particular weight to the testimony that Representative Diana DeGette, vice-chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, gave today before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture at a hearing to discuss traceability in fresh produce, which DeGette has been pushing since 2002 read her testimoney posted thanks to Cafe Society.

DeGette has been trying to help the FDA do its job. Prior to the most recent salmonella scare, the chances for passing the legislation were small but now there is a chance. Let your member of Congress know you want H.R.3485 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act to improve the safety of food, meat, and poultry products through enhanced traceability, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 9/6/2007) passed this sesson.

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Kevin said...

Doesn't this bill put a huge burden on small farmers? It looks like another version of N.A.I.S. but extended to produce too.

Finian said...

The Green Leafy marketing program passed after the spinach ecoli scare has worked pretty well in California and is not an undue burden. In addition, looks athe costs to the tomato industry which could have been avoided with the tracking legislation.