Update: Sen. McCain Response Letter To Sen. Hatch About S. 3002
Parts of the McCain Dorgan bill (S. 3002) are now being added to the Food Safety Bill (S.510), rather than trying to pass on its own. This letter presents four points which leave in tack several of the objections to the original McCain Dorgan bill that must be opposed. Citizens is opposing these additions to the Food Safety bill until the precise language is developed and can be evaluated. Citizens also opposes the Food Safety Bill as currently drafted because it endangers significant food safety advances of the past thirty years such as organic, locally grown, honestly labeled food; perpetuates the regulatory policies that have led to an unsafe industrial food supply; and offers no new approaches to creating real food safety. In short, the Food Safety bill, like the Health Reform bill, is a patch work of government mandates and directives that fail to achieve their announced purposes while perpetuating the very problems their supporters claim to address.