The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (FSEA) is a poorly written bill, now before the US House of Representatives. Known as the Waxman-Dingell bill, it really isn't much about food safety at all. Previous food safety issues in the news were centered around large agri-corporations, but this bill places its harshest burdens on small food and supplement producers. New language is introduced along with criminal and civil penalties, including up to 10 years of jail time and fines up to $100,000 for individuals and $7.5 million for corporations, regardless of size. In other words, a family business roadside stand, if incorporated, could be fined $7.5 million!
The Food Safety Enhancement Act (FSEA):
• gives the US FDA unprecedented scope, authority and power over small farmers, food producers and supplement producers, including the power to use vague language to intimidate and threaten
• imposes unjustifiably harsh criminal and civil penalties, even for administrative violations
• places undue economic hardship on small and mid-sized farms and food facilities, organic and conventional, which could easily drive many of them out of business, and lead to monopoly of food by large corporations. (Monsanto, etc., and their GMO seeds.)
PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL!
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