I know that lately I have been writing a lot about legislative events in Washington D.C., as it relates to organic food, but the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) could reach the Senate floor as early as tomorrow.
Based on information that I received this afternoon, several improvements have been made to the bill but more are needed to protect local and small farms and processing facilities who sell to restaurants, food co-ops, groceries, schools and wholesalers.
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) has put forth a VERY IMPORTANT amendment that would exempt small farm and small food processing facilities, as well as small and mid-sized farmers, who primarily direct market their products to consumers, stores or restaurants within their region. Getting the Tester Amendment included in this bill is of paramount importance.
Please call your senator and tell them: I am a constituent of ________ and I urge him/her to support the Tester Amendment and Tester Language in the Food Safety Bill. The Tester Amendment will exempt small farm and food facilities and farmers who direct market their products to consumers, stores and restaurants. We need a food safety bill that will crack down on the corporate food giants without creating unnecessary restrictions and red tape on small family and mid-sized farms. The health of our country depends on this.
Click HERE for a list of all senators and their phone numbers.
This was a press release from last April from Senator Tester’s website regarding the food safety bill.