Derrick recently covered this story over at Growers and Grocers, but it bears repeating. In the next post, I’ll cover my take on this and why I’m calling my representative and ask them to vote against H.R. 4167 in the next post. Meanwhile, I’m posting an e-mail that was sent to me that covers another way to participate for those of you here in the State of Washington.
Congress is voting on a bill that would gut the food safety and labeling laws in Washington, thus endangering our health and the health of our children, our families, and our communities. We need your voice today to stop this anti-consumer, industry-sponsored bill – please take action now!
Here’s what’s happening: H.R. 4167, the “National Uniformity for Food Act,” lowers the bar on food safety by overturning state food safety laws that are not “identical” to federal law. The bill could directly harm consumers by increasing their exposure to food-borne illnesses, undermining the authority of state food safety officers, and overturning state food labeling laws.
Take California, for example. In 1986, California enacted Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act to protect citizens from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and educate people about their exposures to these toxins. Sounds like a good law, right? H.R. 4167 would overturn this landmark bill!
If Congress passes this bill, it could wipe out state regulations across the country, including Washington. If you value the safety of the food you buy for your family in Seattle, please sign our petition today to keep our food safe: http://go.care2.com/e/jhg/iX/BjiR
Thank you for taking action today!