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wired
03-03-2006, 04:18 PM
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/oca/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2752

Tell your Congressman or Congresswoman to vote "No" on House of Representatives Bill H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," coming to a vote in Washington, D.C on March 8

The House of Representatives will vote this week on a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law that will take away local government and states' power to require food safety food labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. This bill would also prevent citizens in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients such as Monsanto's recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) be labeled.

The House will vote March 8, 2006 on a bill that would gut state food safety and labeling laws. H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," lowers the bar on food safety by overturning state food safety laws that are not "identical" to federal law. Hundreds of state laws and regulations are at risk, including those governing the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. The bill is being pushed by large supermarket chains and food manufacturers, spearheaded by the powerful Grocery Manufacturers of America.

Big food corporations and the biotech industry understand that consumers are more and more concerned about food safety, genetic engineering, and chemical-intensive agriculture, and are reading labels more closely. They understand that pesticide and mercury residues and hazardous technologies such as genetic engineering and food irradiation will be rejected if there are truthful labels required on food products. Industry-sponsored H.R. 4167 is gaining momentum and must be stopped! Act now! Preserve local and regional democracy and protect yourself and your family from unsafe food by sending an email or calling your Representative and urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 4167.

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if you are interested in submitting a letter to your congressman, you can go to the link above to do so. you can also read the full bill text through a link provided at that site.

tiglet26
03-03-2006, 08:39 PM
I don't understand WHY they would even consider this! What harm is there in putting a few extra words on a label!?!? There was no debate about putting the nutrition facts on every product, so why is there for allergins?!

onesuiteworld
03-04-2006, 09:25 AM
alot of the time, the government does some outlandish shit, but i can see how they personally could benefit from it. this is one of those times. this is unbelievable. the fda, as you well know carrie, is already corrupt. we already cant trust whats in our food and medicine. but now, this is astonishing. this is basically giving companies a blank check to put whatever chemicals, cheap meat, etc, into the food we consume everyday. this is disgusting, in the moral sense of the term.

wired
03-04-2006, 12:29 PM
thank you matt. :) i can't even go into this kind of stuff without spewing forth pages of rant. but i hope you sent a letter to your congressman...

onesuiteworld
03-04-2006, 01:30 PM
thank you matt. :) i can't even go into this kind of stuff without spewing forth pages of rant. but i hope you sent a letter to your congressman...

well, im going to do you one better. i am involved in a program called the Youth Civics Project, a monthly seminar set up by new york state senator Liz Krugar. its an extrodinarily interesting look at the world, our government both on a state and national level, and the future. i think ill bring it up there.

thanks for letting me know about this. or, well, (that wasnt supposed to be an Orwell reference, but orwellian nightmare seems to fit here), not thank you. hahahttp://weeklydavespeak.com/forums/images/smilies/lol.gifhttp://weeklydavespeak.com/forums/images/smilies/lol.gifhttp://weeklydavespeak.com/forums/images/smilies/lol.gif

MikeyCarson
03-06-2006, 11:34 PM
If anything I would think they would want to make this stricter. While they have to list what ingredients are used....where I work is not required to put nutritional info on products. I think they should have too...I want to know how many fat grams are in that oversized muffin I'm eating in the morning (OK maybe I don't...but if I knew maybe I'd think twice about it). They are not required to because many of the products are made/baked/prepared on-site. If they were shipped in then the nut. info would need to be on it.

Back to the subject at hand though....why would you want to not put allergy info on products...I do think they are abit excessive right now....name something that isn't manufactured in a plant that may also produce tree-nuts, soy, peanuts, etc.?!?! But it's better than not knowing and have your loved one/yourself go into anaphylactic shock.

wired
03-14-2006, 12:45 PM
CONGRESS BLINDFOLDS CONSUMERS- REMOVING RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR FOOD
On March 8, despite massive public opposition, including 50,000 calls and letters from supporters of the Organic Consumers Association, the House of Representatives passed the controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law, which would eliminate over 200 state food safety labeling laws. The law basically takes away local government and states' power to require food safety labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. The bill would also prevent local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients be labeled. Under the bill, hundreds of state laws and regulations would be eliminated, including those relating to the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. In order to become law, the bill will now have to go to the Senate for a vote. Because of the enormous public backlash against the bill, Washington analysts believe the bill will have great difficulty passing in the Senate. OCA and other public interest organizations have vowed to go "all out" to stop this anti-democratic, anti-consumer bill in the Senate. Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/labeling.cfm

onesuiteworld
03-14-2006, 03:38 PM
CONGRESS BLINDFOLDS CONSUMERS- REMOVING RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR FOOD
On March 8, despite massive public opposition, including 50,000 calls and letters from supporters of the Organic Consumers Association, the House of Representatives passed the controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law, which would eliminate over 200 state food safety labeling laws. The law basically takes away local government and states' power to require food safety labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. The bill would also prevent local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients be labeled. Under the bill, hundreds of state laws and regulations would be eliminated, including those relating to the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. In order to become law, the bill will now have to go to the Senate for a vote. Because of the enormous public backlash against the bill, Washington analysts believe the bill will have great difficulty passing in the Senate. OCA and other public interest organizations have vowed to go "all out" to stop this anti-democratic, anti-consumer bill in the Senate. Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/labeling.cfm

i have a hard time believing that this could actually happen. i do hope that the public outcry is large enough to block this

just a question: does anyone know what the argument for this bill is? i honestly dont know.