Action Alert on the Senate Food Safety Bill

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save_supermarketANH–USA has opposed the so-called Food Safety Bill as a threat to natural health and health freedom. As we reported to you in April, we have been working to improve the Senate’s version of the bill. In particular, we succeeded in preventing language that would have committed the US to harmonization of food standards with the rest of the world under a completely flawed process known as CODEX. Now we need your help to promote two excellent amendments to the bill that would exempt small food producers and producers who sell their food directly to market (such as farmers’ markets) from new regulation.

As written, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) would add a new layer of regulation to even the smallest food producers. The rules that would apply to large, corporate food companies would also apply to family food producers across rural America, which are already regulated at the state and local level. The amendments offered by Sen. Jon Tester (D–MT) would reduce red tape and over-regulation of the already beleaguered small farmer or food producer.

ANH–USA has also supported Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D–CA) proposed amendment to the bill which would ban BPA from food containers, but that amendment has not materialized yet.

Contact your senators and tell them that you support the Tester amendments! TAKE ACTION HERE

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  • Dennis Bowman

    Dear ANH,

    I am totaly opposed to CODEX in any form whatsoever – thank you for all the fine work you are doing on OUR behalf

    Dennis Bowman

  • Dustin Shane Collings

    Thank you!

  • Jayna Williams

    I support the Tester Amendment to the so-called Food Safety Bill. I hope you do, too!

  • Miriam Blatt

    Please pass the amendments to avoid regulating small farmers and to ban BPA from food
    containers.

  • John T

    Holy crap! Dianne Feinstein did one action that was actually correct! BPA needs to be banned from food containers and from water bottles.

    On the back end of that, Big Gov should issue TAX CREDITS to companies making BPA free plastic now as well as to those who need to transition away from using BPA in future manufacturing efforts for at least 3-4 years. Mind you that is TAX CREDIT not handing out government money (AKA tax payer money) to help the process. Those credits will make the switch to all BPA free issue go down without a lot of kicking and screaming from current BPA using plastic makers.

    CODEX is crap! Why should we, the sovereign USA, have to play by the rules of another? Let’s unburden our small to mid size farmers and keep our food choices in the hands of the growers and consumers and not some bureaucrat!

    Tester’s work is solid on this issue. Good for him!

  • Lisa Chapman

    Dear Senator,

    Re: the the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) I would like you to support the Tester amendments that would reduce red tape and over-regulation of the already beleaguered small farmer or food producer.

    Thank you,

    Lisa Chapman

  • Ruth Reddaway

    There is NO urgent need to “protect” consumers from small farmers or small food producers. There is a GREAT need to protect us from the filthy factory-farms and the large corporate food producers with their GMO & toxic ingredients and dirty factories.
    The only possible reason for our corrupt FDA to include small farmers and food producers in this new layer of regulation would be to squash competition for the greedy, unethical large corporate food monopolies. We need to SUPPORT small farmers and organic food, not squash it!

  • gina marinelli

    take care to keep your citizens honestly protected. the laws and regulations cannot be a one size fits all. if the bif corporations were honestly regulatded half of the nonsensical disasterous inhumanity would not be going down. in fact regulation is jot anything but a false insurance that someone is overseeing at every step of the way. i don’t think putting small farmers through this process will bring better quality food to the table nor add to the farmers credibility or profits. in fact i believe it will have the opposite effect. please do not over regulate as a means to give your citizen base a false sense of security when in reality it benefits big agriculture.
    thank you

  • Deborah Marcus

    Dear Senators

    I implore you to support the Tester amendments. Our small farmers, especially those producing health-promoting organic food would suffer greatly i the amendments. Additionally, the public would be adversely affected by not having easy access to local small farmers produce, which is definitely healthier with more nutrients intact, than food transported from large growers throughout the nation.

    Thank you,

    Deborah Marcus

  • Dear Senators,

    I am a US citizen residing in Sarasota Florida. Small farms are important to an already failing
    Florida economy. We need to support small farms not hurt them. I support the Tester amendments.

    Sincerely,
    Stephanie Perdew

  • ELI PATSIS

    I love my local Farmers’ Market and think it would be outrageous for it to be ‘regulated’ in this way!

  • julia

    i support the tester ammendments

  • Jenny Freeman

    As I live in Australia I cannot sign any petitions. I am sure you have many other subscribers who would like to add their voice of concern, as what is established in USA tends to be duplicated in other countries.

    Would you consider a non-resident form to add to the voice,letting senators know that XXX number of people outside America are watching these senators and opposing.

    Also getting these signature required forms sent out via Dr Mercola’s site. which reach milllions, would get even more signatures. It would be worth asking him.

    jenny freman

  • Kathleen Mahoney

    Yes, I support Senator Jon Tester’s amendments to S.510. Small farmers are regulated at the state and local levels and need no further regulation.

    Get BPA out of everything, not just food containers!

  • Jim Gerlach

    Please modify the food bill to protect the small farmer, especially those who sell to local stores and farmers markets.

  • Josephine Martinek

    Do not interfere with food producers who take their food products to farmers’ markets.

  • We do not need to be regulations harmonized with OTHER countries standards. No Codex! NO GMO’s, and no BPA in containers. Please definitely reduce red tape as unnecessary from small farmers…

  • Graham Marshman

    I would really appreciate your support of the Tester amendments to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, S510. We have always bought much of our produce from small local farms and growers and statistics to show this as one of our safest food supplies.

    Please support the amendment to avoid the financial penalties that would seriously hurt, and maybe close, these small businesses.

    Regards,
    Graham Marshman

  • You have my support for opposing the Food Safety Bill. Ronald E. Allen

  • Deanna Child

    I support the Tester amendments. You should too!

  • Do not over regulate the small farmer. Also support NO BPA in our food containers or anywhere there is food.

  • Myra Lutz

    I support the Tester amendment

  • Gloria Lieberstein

    Since I often purchase organic produce at local farmer’s markets, another layer of regulations would be prohibitive.

  • I support the elimination of CODEX rules and the unfair regulation that would be placed on small farmers and food producers. I believe, based on abundance evidence and books, that it is the large agribusinesses that are creating the safety issues by eliminating safety and health in favor of profits.

    Please continue your efforts to shape this regulation so that it reigns in the corporate poisoning of America (with hormones, pesticides, GMOs and other toxic chemicals) and gives the organic farmers and individual small businesses who are growing healthy food (plant and animal) a boost.

  • Mr. James K Hadcroft

    I am a Veteran Active Voter and TaxPayer and these are good ideas. I endorse them. I support the Tester amendments!

  • betty hoover

    People are too far removed from the land. As a result, too many people do not understand the plight of the small farmer. He/She cannot possibly be held to the regulations of big business. Percentages of taxes issued against the small farmer will kill him. We need these people who serve to be reminders of how the land can be misused, overused, how important the natural methods are between man and nature. They also deserve to be able to carry on the love of farming that comes down through generations in many families. Farmers children learn an early work ethic, morality of nature, and are rarely every in trouble. When there were many more of them, there were many fewer children in trouble. They should be a protected species. Their very survival depends on caring for the land, caring properly for their crops and making sure they are safe.

  • Please don’t tamper with our food or farmers rights to make fresh, chemical free, and genetically modified free food. These are scary times and we need a ray of light during them.

  • David Koenig

    Please support the health of the American people by voting YES for the the Tester
    Amendments.

    Absolutely vote against allfforms the planned death provisions of the codex alimentarius.

  • Patricia Orlinski

    I support the Tester amendments for good safety, especially for local and small markets like farmers markets.

  • Keith Huxoll

    Please don’t pass the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) because it would be grossly unfair for the small farmers to be required to adhere to the standards of gigantic corporate food producers

  • we need your help to promote two excellent amendments to the bill that would exempt small food producers and producers who sell their food directly to market (such as farmers’ markets) from new regulation.

  • Judy

    I strongly oppose the S F10 Food safety Modernization bill. It is time for BIG government to stay out of the peoples business of what they put into their bodies, This is a divine right!

  • Sofia Byrne

    I opposed the so-called Food Safety Bill as a threat to natural health and health freedom. Please prevent language that would have committed the US to harmonization of food standards with the rest of the world under a completely flawed process known as CODEX. Now I need your help to promote two excellent amendments to the bill that would exempt small food producers and producers who sell their food directly to market (such as farmers’ markets) from new regulation.

    The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) would add a new layer of regulation to even the smallest food producers. The rules that would apply to large, corporate food companies would also apply to family food producers across rural America, which are already regulated at the state and local level. The amendments offered by Sen. Jon Tester (D–MT) would reduce red tape and over-regulation of the already beleaguered small farmer or food producer.
    Please support this bill.

    Sofia Byrne
    7 SO. Beech Street
    Manchester NH 03103

  • dajad terlemezian

    stop my vitamins & minerals that a doctor started me on in 1967 is no different to me than pulling a switch on an ”E L E C T R I C C H A I R ”

  • Loretta Tolva

    here we go again! the government trying to fix something that isn’t broken. i don’t hear of any big heallth problems coming from local small farm food. i.e. farmers markets.
    mostily i hear of meat packers or large producers of vegtables. bad hamburger and spinach.
    who doesn’t love sweet corn from the grower? real tomatoes that haven’t been shipped around the country. how about some chicken that have no antibiotics, etc? you wouldn’t believe the difference!
    give the small farmers a break. get off their backs! go to a farmers market this week. taste the difference!
    i back Testers bill. LEAVE SMALL FARMERS ALONE!

  • Stefanie

    I am Opposed to CODEX in any way shape or form.
    I support all your efforts in destroying CODEX.
    You can count on me to sign any and all actions opposing CODEX.
    Thanks for all you do.

  • Gloria Allen

    Most free-thinking Americans do NOT want codex. Furthermore, we are adults who are able to make our own decisions without a world / global government regulating what we can and cannot ingest.

    I also support the Tester Amendments to ban unneccessary red tape that hurts the small farmer and honest business person.

    Keep America free.

    Thank you.

  • Tabatha

    Thanks for all you do ANH

  • Paul

    Our Gov., (the FDA & USDA) are a total disgrace to this country and are up for sale to the highest bidder.

  • I am opposed to CODEX. I am especially opposed to any Federal regulatory agency that desires to impose corporate mandates to our local farmers markets. This is another example of the wasteful spending of the taxpayers monies. It is NOT necessary for the Federal Government to invest time and money attempting to oversee our Farmers Markets or tie them into a bill aimed at the corporate food industry.

    I support the work of Tester to get the government out of the lives of America’s small farmers and business people. We are already over-regulated on the County and State levels. Enough!

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