Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) have
introduced the Safe Food Act of 2015, which would create a new food safety
agency. Responsibility for food safety is currently split among several
different agencies. This bill would consolidate that responsibility under one
agency, and would among other things implement and oversee FDA’s Food Safety
Modernization Act rules.
According to a DeLauro staffer, the current bill would
include authority over supplements, though the specific legislative language is
still not clear about that. Only the bill’s sponsors can amend the bill at this
stage, so ask your legislators to urge Sen. Durbin and Rep. DeLauro to amend
this bill. Ask for language that explicitly makes supplement safety the
responsibility of the new agency, places organics and GMOs under this new
agency’s purview, adds protections against “ag-gag” laws to the whistleblower
provisions, retains exemptions for small farmers, and handles CAFOs and other
industrial agriculture operations separately from small farms and businesses.
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Please Amend the Safe Food Act of 2015!
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