by Donny Shaw
From – http://www.opencongress.org
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act(S. 510) is on tap for a vote in the Senate later this week, but some local food advocates worry it could unfairly impact small farmers. The goal of the bill is to improve regulatory oversight of food production in order to prevent things like the recent salmonella egg and spinach outbreaks. Critics argue that the bill takes a one-size-fits-all approach and would burden small farms with new regulatons that are needed to address problems caused by big agribusiness companies.
Link for a summary of the manager’s amendment that will become the base text of the bill if a filibuster of beginning debate is defeated in the Senate this week.