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Old 03-26-2009, 08:03 PM   #81
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Food Safety Bills in Congress | Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

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As of March 16, 2009, five food safety bills have been filed in Congress. All five bills include “traceability” provisions, whether for animals, produce, or both. It’s a confusing situation, because NAIS is not a food safety program. The NAIS tracking ends at the slaughterhouse, while most foodborne illnesses are due to contamination that occurs at the slaughterhouse, food processing or handling facilities, or at homes and restaurants. So NAIS provides little or no relevant information in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak.

And whether it involves meat or produce, the value of traceability in foodborne illness outbreaks is limited by the realities of such illnesses. The typical incubation period for foodborne illnesses is several days, so the main difficulty in tracking outbreaks comes from people’s inability to accurately remember what they ate several days before. Yet, unfortunately, many in Congress do not understand the facts underlying foodborne illnesses (or choose to ignore them), and tracking animals continues to appear in these bills.
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HR 759, the FDA Globalization Act of 2009, was introduced by Congressman Dingell (D-MI). It applies to FDA-regulated products, not USDA meat inspection. The bill would impose regulations on production and harvesting methods for fruits and vegetables, and would require farms to register under the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. It also mandates electronic record keeping and standardized lot numbers. HR 759 also calls for “registration fees” paid by food establishments to generate revenue for FDA. In part due to Congressman Dingell’s role on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which hears food safety bills, this bill is considered much more likely to move forward in the process than HR 875.
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Will healthy food crops go extinct?
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March 13, 2014

Will healthy food crops go extinct? | Farm Wars
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A new US survey highlights the ominous “gene drift” problem, the contamination of organic food crops by GMOs from other farms.

This is not a new situation. It has been present since the introduction of commercial GMO crops in 1996.

The survey was conducted by two groups...
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