March 7, 2009
On February 23, the Federal Times reported on HR 875, a bill that would grant the FDA sweeping new powers to regulate food. It was introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro and arrived shrouded in hype, specifically the hysteria surrounding a recent salmonella outbreak linked to products from Peanut Corp. of America.
Add to the hype last year’s outbreak of salmonella in imported peppers and a 2006 E. coli outbreak that was linked to fresh spinach and the stage is set to implement the FDA’s “food protection plan” requiring farmers and food producers to register with the government every two years.
“If there’s any good that can come from this tragic outbreak, it is long-overdue changes that can help protect the American public from the food supply,” Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., said in early February at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations. In short, the government will tighten its grip on the food supply and will ultimately strangle small, independent farmers.