The Food Safety Bill: Deeply Flawed, But Still Needed

The Senate’s Food Safety Modernization Act, prematurely announced as a done deal a week ago, is stalled again — or “doomed,” if you go by some news outlets. In any case, it’s in trouble. The Senate bill contains provisions for fees that cou…

The Senate’s Food Safety Modernization Act, prematurely announced as a done deal a week ago, is stalled again — or “doomed,” if you go by some news outlets. In any case, it’s in trouble. The Senate bill contains provisions for fees that could technically be considered taxes, and any bill with taxes has to start in the House. Nobody seems to have thought of this, and the clock is ticking as this little technical error morphs into a “potentially fatal” flaw. Part of the mystery lies in the fact that everybody seems to want our food to be safer — so much so that the bill had the support of both parties, a consensus that these days is as rare as plutonium. In any case, the chances of getting a newly empowered FDA to protect us from pestilence are slim. But would our food supply be that much safer if the act ends up passing? I don’t think so. I think the bill is a poor one. Here’s why.

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