Food Safety Modernization Act Of 2009

At a news conference Tuesday, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 was introduced by several Senators including Richard Durbin (D-IL) and colleagues Judd Gregg (R-NH), Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel released the following statement on the introduction of the bill:

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“Providing consumers with safe and nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables is at the core of our industry’s commitment to enhance the health of the American public.  Health experts are unanimous that Americans must increase our consumption of fruits and vegetables for better health. Industry must do all we can everyday to produce the safest possible products and consumers must have confidence in our overall food safety regulatory system. We therefore commend Senator Durbin and his Senate colleagues for introducing this important piece of legislation which will further serious Congressional consideration of ways to improve our nation’s food safety system. 

It is time for Congress to look at food safety law in its totality and move to implement changes needed to address all areas of food regulation from farm to fork. For fresh produce specifically, we support provisions in this legislation to address produce food safety through a mandatory, comprehensive, commodity-specific and science-based approach. We also support the legislation’s goal to develop a comprehensive network of federal and state partners who will work with growers and our entire supply chain to ensure that good agricultural and handling practices are implemented throughout the industry. This legislation represents a positive step forward in crafting needed reforms, and we look forward to our continuing dialogue with Sen. Durbin and other Congressional leaders on these important matters.”

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I don’t know about any of my fellow growers but, it scares me to death to think that coat & tie legislators are making food safety regulations that will forever change the way vegetable growers do business. This whole food safety kick that we seem to be on is great if the world will enforce the same proceedures. In our global economy I feel we are legislating ourselves into irrelevance. Any contamination that takes place is automatically the farmer’s fault. What about the stock boy that doesn’t bother washing his hands after he uses the restroom?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

The other day I went to our local mickyd The one of the workers came out of the stal and passed his hands though the water wiped his hands on his pants and left. when I got out frount he was In back building burgers . we dont need more rulls from goverment and more jobs for them. And not to mention more fees to be inspected. All this is going to do is running the faimly farms out.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I have come to the conclusion more rules and regulations are on the way whether we like it or not. With regard to regulations, absolute bare minimum is the mzximum as far as I’m concerned.

As I see it, we as small producers have two choices: 1) do nothing and be legislated out of existence or 2) get aggressive and get on these boards and task forces that are trying to regulate us out of existence.

Our only hope is to be at the table and try to direct the rules and regulations in the direction they need to go. If us small farmers don’t get involved, then we have ourselves to blame for not providing the necessary input. This is what I’m doing here in Michigan.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Let’s see…economy in the tank,billion dollar spending packages,Pakistan on the brink,Iran devloping nuclear weapons,North Korea threatening South Korea, what we need is more suit and tie folks regulating how we wash our hands that makes complete sense.When are we going to take back our government from these buerocrats? How can we let this go on?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

IF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT OR ANYONE ELSE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE EATING, THEY BETTER LIGHTEN UP ON MANDATED REGULATIONS. FARMERS CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH. WE GROW THE PLANTS FROM SEEDS, NOURISH THEM, HARVEST, PACK AND SHIP THEM. SURELY THE CONSUMER CAN MANAGE TO WASH THEIR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES BEFORE EATING THEM.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

WAKE UP!
I’s about control, not safety.
If you control the food and water, everything else is easy.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

So many people are getting sick because the food around us isn’t as good as it once was. If only we’d have less government we’d have healthier food. I’d like to roll back the food regulations and have unpasturized and unhomogenized beverages. It’s so difficult and expensive to find growers who (can) grow the way we did 40 years ago.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

AVG: Not a single mention was made of the content of the bill. Quality reporting.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

The devil is always in the details. This bill is all about control by an agency controlled by politics and corporate profits. Leave farming to the farmers. They don’t need more paperwork. Consumers need choices that include locally grown produce by small farmers. Safety issues have come from global imports and industrial farms which are aided and supported by the USDA. This bill is not a solution.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I don’t know about any of my fellow growers but, it scares me to death to think that coat & tie legislators are making food safety regulations that will forever change the way vegetable growers do business. This whole food safety kick that we seem to be on is great if the world will enforce the same proceedures. In our global economy I feel we are legislating ourselves into irrelevance. Any contamination that takes place is automatically the farmer’s fault. What about the stock boy that doesn’t bother washing his hands after he uses the restroom?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

The other day I went to our local mickyd The one of the workers came out of the stal and passed his hands though the water wiped his hands on his pants and left. when I got out frount he was In back building burgers . we dont need more rulls from goverment and more jobs for them. And not to mention more fees to be inspected. All this is going to do is running the faimly farms out.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I have come to the conclusion more rules and regulations are on the way whether we like it or not. With regard to regulations, absolute bare minimum is the mzximum as far as I’m concerned.

As I see it, we as small producers have two choices: 1) do nothing and be legislated out of existence or 2) get aggressive and get on these boards and task forces that are trying to regulate us out of existence.

Our only hope is to be at the table and try to direct the rules and regulations in the direction they need to go. If us small farmers don’t get involved, then we have ourselves to blame for not providing the necessary input. This is what I’m doing here in Michigan.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Let’s see…economy in the tank,billion dollar spending packages,Pakistan on the brink,Iran devloping nuclear weapons,North Korea threatening South Korea, what we need is more suit and tie folks regulating how we wash our hands that makes complete sense.When are we going to take back our government from these buerocrats? How can we let this go on?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

IF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT OR ANYONE ELSE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE EATING, THEY BETTER LIGHTEN UP ON MANDATED REGULATIONS. FARMERS CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH. WE GROW THE PLANTS FROM SEEDS, NOURISH THEM, HARVEST, PACK AND SHIP THEM. SURELY THE CONSUMER CAN MANAGE TO WASH THEIR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES BEFORE EATING THEM.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

WAKE UP!
I’s about control, not safety.
If you control the food and water, everything else is easy.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

So many people are getting sick because the food around us isn’t as good as it once was. If only we’d have less government we’d have healthier food. I’d like to roll back the food regulations and have unpasturized and unhomogenized beverages. It’s so difficult and expensive to find growers who (can) grow the way we did 40 years ago.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

AVG: Not a single mention was made of the content of the bill. Quality reporting.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

The devil is always in the details. This bill is all about control by an agency controlled by politics and corporate profits. Leave farming to the farmers. They don’t need more paperwork. Consumers need choices that include locally grown produce by small farmers. Safety issues have come from global imports and industrial farms which are aided and supported by the USDA. This bill is not a solution.