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President Obama weighs in on S. 510 – The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY S. 510 – The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act – (Sen. Durbin, D-Illinois, and 20 cosponsors)

Screen shot 2010-11-16 at 1.59.13 PM.pngThe Administration supports Senate passage of the Manager’s Amendment in the nature of a substitute to S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. This bipartisan bill addresses longstanding challenges in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) food safety and defense system by promoting a prevention-oriented approach and providing the Federal Government with many important tools to accomplish its core food safety and food defense goals, including authority to ensure that food producers implement appropriate preventive controls. The bill would complement efforts that the Administration has already undertaken administratively to improve food safety and address many of the key recommendations of the President’s Food Safety Working Group, including support for an approach to food safety that leverages the work of Federal, State, and local regulatory and public health agencies. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress to continue to make improvements in our food safety system and to ensure that FDA has sufficient fee resources to achieve our shared food safety and food defense goals.

  • Sam

    Uh oh. Obama supports it. How long until it gets shot down by the republicant party of “no”? I can already hear tea baggers calling it “more gubmint control of our lives”.

  • Bix

    Thank you for posting this.

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    Where was the administration’s support when we were all rallying for passage of the bill? Feels like a day late and a dollar short.

  • Joseph

    You realize that this bill would make it illegal for you to grow tomatoes in your back yard don’t you???!!!

  • John

    It figures this is a Take Over Of The Food Supply they should be run out of town on a rail for suggesting anything like this. The Government has enough control don’t sell out your country.
    VOTE NO TO Senate Bill 510 we won’t allow it

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    Joseph, if I was selling tomatoes across state lines, then maybe. And if I was selling tomatoes across sate lines then I should be practicing safe food practices as guided by the FDA for the safety of my customers and the safety of me as a seller. This is why this bill is extremely supported by the leafy greens and produce association, because it protects them from sellers who don’t follow good food safety practices. Because in the food industry from small sellers to large sellers, if you have one producer/seller who isn’t practicing safe food production standards and because of their negligence, causes a food recall, than everyone in that market suffers. Big and small. Currently food producers are operating under a law that was written in the 1930’s. It is high time that the law guiding the FDA was brought into the 21st century. My young child was severely poisoned by a rogue food producer who was selling his product to millions. For more information on the Victims of foodborne illness, please visit http://www.safetables.org. Read the tragic stories of needless victims of foodborne iillness. We need better and safer standards of food production and S. 510 will get us there. Do not be afraid of change. Be more afraid of being poisoned by unsafe food.

  • It’s good to know about that President Obama weighs in on S. 510 – The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Keep posting.