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The House GOP takes a courageous stand against food safety

Dan Farber, professor of law | July 12, 2013

It takes guts to oppose food safety.  But that’s no problem for the House GOP.  According to the New York  Times, today’s House farm bill (July 11, 2013) wasn’t content to eliminate food stamps, it also took aim at food safety:

One overlooked provision in the bill came from Representative Dan Benishek, Republican of Michigan, a surgeon, and would require additional economic and scientific analyses before a 2010 law to improve the food safety system goes into effect.

 

A spokesman for Mr. Benishek, Kyle Bonini, said it was meant to protect farmers “from being hit with more costly regulations.”

 

But food safety advocates said that they were surprised by the provision and that it would effectively halt implementation of the law, which gives the Food and Drug Administration greater authority over food production.

 

You may recall that there were some E. coli and other contamination problems that led to the passage of the law in the first place.  But perhaps e. coli is a hoax by scientists, just like climate change.

You can consider this photo either an illustration of food poisoning or an editorial comment on the House’s action, whichever you prefer:

cartoon character holding his belly

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Cross-posted from the environmental law and policy blog Legal Planet.

 

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