March 08, 2006

Call Now For Food Safety

The House will be voting in a few hours on HR 4167, a bill that proposes to enact "uniform" food labeling laws. Uniform, as in if your state has more stringent labeling laws than the federal government, then your state laws go away. This includes laws that label carcinogens and hazards to children and pregnant women, such as California's insistence on labeling the presence of arsenic, lead and mercury.

The National Environmental Trust has more on their action page and if you get a chance, scare up your Congresscritter's phone number and ask them to vote no on this abomination.

All of WA State's Republican representatives are cosponsors, which is hardly surprising from that bunch of DeLay clones.

However, the good news is this: there isn't a corresponding bill in the Senate. But you should still call your representatives. Why? Because this is likely a trial balloon laying groundwork for further efforts. It'd be nice to give that balloon a sharp pinprick, just to let the bastards know that we're paying attention.

Posted by natasha at March 8, 2006 11:30 AM | Health/Medicine/Health Care | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |


Posted by: Palamedes at March 8, 2006 01:13 PM

Well, we lost - 283 to 139.

Congressman Rick Larsen (D), of our state's 2nd CD, voted for this bill. He happens to be on the Agriculture Committee, which happens to give him less of an excuse for his behavior.

You might want to let him know what you think about it...

Rick Larsen
Washington-2nd, Democrat
107 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-4702
Phone: (202) 225-2605

Posted by: palamedes at March 9, 2006 06:30 AM