The S.510 Food Safety Bill in Lamen's Terms

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Incase you haven’t been paying attention to the news, Tuesday, the U.S. Senate did something that they haven’t done in a very long time. They passed the S.510 Food Safety Modernization Act with a remarkable 73-25 bipartisan majority. This move has been called, “…the most aggressive overhaul of food safety laws in 72 years.” according to GOOD Magazine. Click the image above for an up-close look at the facts in this helpful graphic provided by PBS Newshour.

So why all of a sudden did this bill get passed? It might be due to the harsh recent spate of E.Coli and Salmonella outbreaks across the US, causing 16 deaths and 4,479 total cases since 2006. With this bill in place now, what are some of the outcomes we could see from it? Well, it’s either going to do one of two things. S.510 could either destroy your mom and pop family farms and backyard gardeners, seed savers and raw milk dairy farmers. Or on the other hand, it could thrown down harsher regulations and over-the-shoulder-spying for sketchy, large, corporate food factories hopefully saving us from future outbreaks in our Big Macs.

Organic, Free-roaming chickens from Polyface Farms.

The granolas come at it from a standpoint that they want to eat all natural foods, and drink raw milk because they believe it cures everything from autism to erectile dysfunction,” Bill Marler, an outspoken food safety lawyer who’s been involved in drafting S. 510 told Mother Jones. “Then you have the tea party involved not because they drink raw milk but because they don’t want the government involved in any aspect of their lives.” – GM

Is this who we really need to keep an eye on?

Everyone who eats will benefit from this historic legislation,” Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest said in a press release. Chris Waldrop, the director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, told the Chicago Tribune, “It’s really a paradigm shift. It moves [Food and Drug Administration] from reacting to outbreaks and recalls to preventing them.” –GM

What do you think about the bill? Let us know.

One thought on “The S.510 Food Safety Bill in Lamen's Terms”

  • I’m glad to know that this was passed (not glad it was passed, necessarily, but glad to know), but you didn’t actually lay out the bill in layman’s terms as was promised in the title. You did say that it could destroy small-time farmers or could throw (could have thrown?) down harsher regulations for corporate farmers, but I still have no idea what’s actually in the bill.

    Thanks for the heads-up, though.

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