February 2, 2010
Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Growing Safe Food Act received another boost this week when eight national consumer and public health organizations endorsed the bill and its inclusion as an amendment to the pending Senate food safety bill (S. 510) when it comes to the floor of the Senate in the near future. The bill already has the strong support of scores of farmer and local food groups, including NSAC, the National Farmers Union, National Organic Coalition, and the Organic Trade Association.
“The combined support of farm and consumer groups in support of this important measure should send a clear message to the sponsors of S. 510,” according to NSAC’s Executive Director Aimee Witteman. “Farmers and small-scale local food processors need and will respond favorably to training and technical assistance to help ensure food safety precautions in their operations. The Growing Safe Food Act should be included as part of S. 510 without delay.”
Read more about what you can do to help win passage of this common sense measure here. http://sustainableagriculture.net/take-action/
The consumer group letter follows…
Dear Senator Stabenow,
We are writing to express our support for ensuring that the manager’s package for S. 510 (FDA Food Safety Modernization Act) includes your bill, the Growing Safe Food Act of 2009 (S. 2758).
S. 510 is important, bipartisan legislation that will allow the Food and Drug Administration, through stronger authorities and enhanced enforcement tools, to better ensure the safety of our food supply. In addition to requiring food processors to develop food-safety plans, S. 510 also directs FDA to adopt on-farm safety standards for fresh produce. S. 2758 complements these requirements by providing grants for small farmers and processors to receive food-safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance that allows them to comply with the requirements of the new law.
We look forward to working with you in the coming weeks to move S. 510 in the Senate.
American Public Health Association
Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Consumer Federation of America
Food & Water Watch
National Consumers League
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Categories: Food Safety