S .510 Food Safety Modernization ActPosted: November 29, 2010
Maybe you believe there is a food safety crisis, maybe you don’t. Maybe you believe that big government is trying to take away your McDonalds or your children’s cookies. Maybe you believe that the government is riddled with big-ag conflicts of interest. Regardless of what you believe, 5,000 people die every year from food-related illness, according to the Center for Disease Control, and that number is hard to dismiss. Currently on the floor of the Senate is a bill that hopes to make our food system more safe by increasing the jurisdiction of the FDA. A final vote on the bill has been pushed back, yet again, until 9AM tomorrow morning. In the meantime, I’ve included some links below to helpful articles and op-eds on the bill.
- Helena Bottemiller for Food Safety News has a chronology of the steps to approve the bill as well as a quick summary of the bill’s history.
- In Sunday’s New York Times, Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser collaborated in an opinion piece on the necessity of S .510.
- Tom Philpott’s post on Grist discusses why the Food Safety Modernization Act is necessary, but only treats the symptoms of a larger systemic failure.
- And for the other side of the debate, Senator Tom Coburn (the bill’s loudest opponent) wrote an opinion piece in USA Today calling for less legislation and more free market.
- On a more abstract level, Judith Warner wrote a piece for the New York Times Sunday Magazine on why legislation isn’t the best answer to the question of American’s eating habits.