Monday, 27 February 2006

National Uniformity for Food Act

National Uniformity for Food Act
I'm a member of the Organic Consumers Association and I just received an alert about a really bad bill that is set for a vote by the House on March 2 (this Thursday). To learn more about the bill, go to Democracy In Action.

Here is a sample letter you can email to your state representative(s) either on your own or by going to the OCA website at the link above:

Dear Congress Representative,

As a health conscious consumer, and as one of your constituents, I urge you to vote "No" on H.R. Bill 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," coming to a vote in the House of Representatives this Thursday, March 2.

Despite industry claims, this is a profoundly undemocratic and anti-consumer bill that will take away the right of local governments and states to require food safety labels on food and grocery items.

H.R. Bill 4167 will eliminate current food safety food labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. This bill would also prevent citizens in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients be labeled.

As a consumer I strongly resent this denial of my basic right to know what's in my food, and this denial of my local and state government's power to protect the health of myself and my family.

Please vote "No," on H.R. Bill 4167.