Friday, March 20, 2009
The health-conscious community is rightly concerned over the pending passage of HR 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, which hammers small family farms with a whole new level of tyranny and oppression. The proposed law is chock full of ominous-sounding text that would allow government authorities to fine small farms $1 million a day while arresting and imprisoning their owners for refusing to spray toxic chemicals on their organic produce. (There are many other bizarre elements in this proposed law, too.)
But the law has a few other elements that no one is talking about, such as SEC 401 – Prohibited Acts (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query…), which reads, “It is prohibited (1) to manufacture, introduce, deliver for introduction, or receive in interstate commerce any food that is adulterated, misbranded, or otherwise unsafe.”
And that sentence, if actually enforced by the new FDA (Food Safety Agency), should immediately outlaw ALL foods containing:
• Partially-hydrogenated oils (an “adulteration”)
• Homogenized milk (an “adulteration”)
• Sodium nitrite
Another part of HR 875 that’s quite interesting describes the civil penalties for those responsible for shipping food (or beverage) products that result in “serious illness.”
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The law reads:
(1) CIVIL PENALTY-
(A) IN GENERAL- Any person that commits an act that violates the food safety law (including a regulation promulgated or order issued under the food safety law) may be assessed a civil penalty by the Administrator of not more than $1,000,000 for each such act.
(1) OFFENSE RESULTING IN SERIOUS ILLNESS- Notwithstanding section 303(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 333(a)), if a violation of any provision of section 301 of such Act (21 U.S.C. 301) with respect to an adulterated or misbranded food results in serious illness, the person committing the violation shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, fined in accordance with title 18, United States Code, or both.
Thus, because chemical sweeteners in diet sodas have been well documented to cause conditions that most reasonable people would consider “serious illnesses” (blindness, seizures, brain tumors, etc.), if HR 875 is enforced, it could result in the arrest and imprisonment of the CEOs of Coke and Pepsi.
And that doesn’t even cover all the other food and beverage companies that sell products known to contribute to serious illness. Diabetes is a serious illness, and soda products directly promote it. Heart disease is a serious illness, and margarine products (which are adulterated beyond belief) certainly cause heart disease. Cancer is a serious illness, and bacon, sausage and processed meats contain sodium nitrite that directly promotes cancer.
This article was posted: Friday, March 20, 2009 at 5:07 am