More Republican corruption. Why do Republicans corrupt everything they touch? (Answer at end.)
THIS time they’re being paid by the big food and chemical companies to gut the food safety regulations in place now in the individual states. On top of that, they’re gutting California’s Prop. 65, which requires businesses to warn people when they might be exposed to dangerous chemicals!
Bill Would Standardize Warnings on Food, Drink,
The bill, which has 226 co-sponsors in the House, would amend the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to supersede existing state legislation and practices on food-warning labels. It would also require states to petition the Food and Drug Administration to restore laws and regulations they currently have.
Some of the state laws that could be affected cover farm and food plant inspections, whereas others involve rules on shellfish, dairy products, allowable levels of arsenic and other contaminants in bottled water, lead in food and serving dishes, and whether salmon has to be labeled as wild or farmed. Numerous states have food-safety laws that are considerably tougher than federal standards.
The House bill has been promoted for several years by a coalition of food companies and producer trade associations.
Another report, Bill to pre-empt state food safety rules,
In particular, the measure would pre-empt California’s Proposition 65, a 1986 law that requires consumers to be notified about contaminants known to cause cancer or birth defects.
The California law, which led to the reduction of arsenic in bottled water and lead in calcium supplements nationwide, has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to tighten federal standards over the years. Most recently the state has required warnings for pregnant women about mercury in certain fish.
Erik Olson, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said: “What the bill would do is assure the lowest common denominator of protection. Cheaper food that has poisonous chemicals in it is no bargain. They are being responsible and protecting citizens when the federal government hasn’t done its job.”
Republicans corrupt everything they touch because they believe in an ideology of greed, of wealth and ower over regular people, while Democrats believe that people should work together to make everyone’s lives better — democracy and community.