S510 Will Steal The Food From Your Mouth!

If you like the IRS you will love the new Food Safety Act Regulations whose passage will apparently break land speed records in the Lame Duck session of Congress.

Here at JohnJacobH Blog and Commissary we heard of our first food raid nearly two years ago.

Yup. SWAT team, guns drawn, the works. Really.

The criminals- a couple of women in their 20′s and some children who ranged in age from infancy to teenager were terrorized at gunpoint for several hours while officials packed up a YEAR’S supply of food and hauled it off to parts unknown.

Did I mention Dad was a Seabee deployed overseas in an Afghan Combat Zone at the time?

That little detail must have been absent from the SWAT Team Pre-Operational Assessment Brief.

CLICK LINK HERE or HERE

But apparently it is not enough for our benighted Overlords and Masters in Government to assault unarmed women and children in their home to steal their food.

(Waco was,after all, a COMPLETE ABERRATION. As was Elian Gonzalez. Or Ruby Ridge.)

Observe now footage of a recent food raid where intrepid Officers of the Law with guns drawn close in on stockpiles of RAW MILK!

Yes, Elliot Ness would be lucky to be so diligent in his pursuit of mobsters with their demon rum!

Both these raids (2008 and 2010) occurred under CURRENT REGULATIONS. So really, what does the future hold?

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Alone and outnumbered, one Senator thinks he has some answers.

Only Senator Tom Coburn (LINK)appears to have enough intestinal fortitude to challenge the train wreck known as Senate Bill S510

CLICK LINK HERE

Here are just a few of his objections:

There are 225 pages of new regulations, many of which are problematic. While it is hard to pull out just 1 or 2 regulations in the bill that make the entire thing unpalatable, on the whole this bill represents a weighty new regulatory structure on the food industry that will be particularly difficult for small producers and farms to comply with (with little evidence it will make food safer). The following regulations are perhaps the most troubling:

• Performance standards. The bill gives the Secretary the authority to “issue contaminant-specific and science-based guidance documents, action levels, or regulations.” The way the bill is written the authority is extremely broad and could be used by FDA to issue very specific and onerous regulations on food facilities, without even the normal rule-making and guidance process FDA food regulations normally go through.

• Traceability. FDA is required to establish a “product tracing system within the FDA” based and develop additional recordkeeping requirements for foods determined to be “high risk.” The House legislation includes “full pedigree” traceback which puts FDA in charge of tracing the entire supply chain. The final bill requires the FDA to do this for high-risk foods, and while there are some limitations on FDA, anything further than the “one-up-one-back” requirement in the bioterrorism law will be very onerous on industry.

• Standards for produce safety. For produce, this bill gives FDA the authority to create commodity-specific safety standards for produce. Instead of trusting industry and the free-market, this provision implies that complying with government standards is the best way to keep consumers safe. A lot of the produce industry lobbied for these standards to provide “consumer confidence” after the jalapeno and tomato scare, but federal regulations could particularly adversely impact small providers.

Other regulations in this bill are overly punitive and could set up an adverse relationship with industry. They include:

• Administrative Detention of Food. The bill lowers the threshold for detaining articles of food to “adulterated or misbranded.” The threshold is currently higher for a reason—administrative detention is an authority that should only be used when there is clear, imminent danger.

• Suspension of Registration. Facility registration may be suspended if there is a reasonable probability that food from the responsible facility will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals. “Reasonable probability” isn’t a difficult enough burden for FDA to prove when the consequence is closing down a private business.

• Fees. Allows FDA to assess fees for compliance failures (recalls and re-inspections). These fees give FDA incentive to find reasons to re-inspect a facility or order a mandatory recall—the only ways they can collect money for their efforts. Furthermore, assessing industry to pay for a new regulatory structure will increase food costs for consumers during a recession.

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MainStreet Insider offers their assessment of the Legislation here:

CLICK LINK TO TEXT WEBSITE

Tantalizing Excerpt:

This legislation would expand the powers of the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies to fortify the food safety framework. Particular new abilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Conduct more frequent inspections, including required annual inspections of high-risk facilities
• Set forth requirements for mandatory testing
• Order mandatory recalls after allowing responsible parties the opportunity to cease distribution voluntarily
• Shut down facilities in consistent violation of safety regulations
• Access records to determine the source of an outbreak
• Produce more comprehensive tracking and data collection methods
• Establish standards and regulations, and issue guidance documents to ensure firms are aware of these standards
• Help state, local and tribal governments stay prepared to handle agriculture and food emergencies
• Ensure that imported products meet the same standards imposed upon domestically produced food

Onward Bolshevik Soldiers As They March To Rule!

UPDATE:

Courtesy of my benefactor at Free Republic a whole passel of links on this topic:

CLICK:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=Food%20Safety

CLICK:http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/s510/index?tab=articles

CLICK:http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/foodsafety/index?tab=articles

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4 responses to “S510 Will Steal The Food From Your Mouth!

  1. I FEEL SAFER ALREADY. MORE GOVERMENT INTERVENTION MEANS MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE. LESS PEOPLE EQUALS A SAFER WORLD. 5,000 PEOPLE DIED OF FOOD POISONING LAST YEAR. UNDER THE FDA SUPERVISION 100,000 DIED LAST YR.

    IF THEY WOULD QUIT TRYING TO SAVE SOME STUPID LITTLE FISH IN CALIFORNIA AND LET THEM GROW VEGGIES THERE WE WOULDNT ‘HAVE TO BUY UNSAFE FOOD FROM MEXICO.

    NOW LETS SEE HOW THE FDA INSPECTS THE FOOD COMING UP FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER.

    • There are a bunch of Republicans onboard for this or ready to deal.

      Surely they need to hear the message of resistance and rebellion from within their ranks.

      In Liberty,
      JJH

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