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Food Safety, Quality, and Labeling

After watching the movie ‘Food Inc.‘ I got the urge to write my United States Federal Government representative and Senators.  Take a look at what I sent them about food safety, quality, and labeling.

Senator Roland W. Burris (D – IL)
Senator Richard J. Durbin (D – IL)
Congressman Mike Quigley (D – IL 5th District)

Food safety is incredibly important to me and my family.

I am writing you to request your support of “Kevin’s Law” (Meat and Poultry Pathogen Reduction and Enforcement Act: H.R. 3160 [109th]).

I am also writing you to introduce/support legislation on increasing the quality and quantity on food labeling and safety.  I would like to see the following required labels on food, drink, and other ingestible products:

  • City/State of
    • Origin
    • Processor
    • Packager
    • Distributor
  • GMO Identification  (Genetically Modified Organism)
  • Cloning Identification
  • Livestock Feed Type (what did the cow/swine/chicken eat?)
    • Corn
    • ⁃Soy
    • Free range grass
  • All involved companies in the supply chain
    • Seed manufacturer
    • Farmer
    • Processor
    • Slaughterer
    • Transporter
    • Contractor
    • Packager
    • Distributor
    • Retailer
    • Etc.
  • All involved chemicals
    • Pesticides
    • Fertilizers
    • Antibiotics
    • Hormones

Most of these labels would not be inherently incriminating, but all are involved in a products safety, quality, and environmental impact.

If a manufacturer knows consumers will hesitate to buy something based on the labeling, that is all the more reason to require it.  Drug companies are required to list “bad” side effects of drugs.  And tobacco companies are required to print surgeon general warnings on their products.  People have not stopped buying those products.

Food manufacturers should not get a free pass just because of political connections.

Many corporations will say “we don’t want these labels on our products because consumers are not educated enough to know what they mean.”  I have three responses to that:

  1. All of these labels would ADD to the consumer education.  I want to be educated on how my food is created, processed, stored, and transported.
  2. As a consumer, if I do not understand something I educate my self about it.  If I  saw a label that said this food is from GMO crops, I would look up what GMO meant and read information on the pros and cons of GMOs.
  3. If companies don’t think consumers are educated, nor will educate themselves, then it is the companies responsibility to educate the consumer.  That is what marketing budgets are for.  If they think Cloned animals are safe, they should tell us why.  A good example: the corn industry had a huge marketing campaign to increase the positive attitude towards corn syrup.

Please pass legislation to increase food safety and quality. Support H.R. 3160 [109th].  And introduce/support new legislation requiring better food labeling.  My safety and the environment is important to me, I hope they are important to you as well.

Thank you
Edward Hayes

  1. Dick
    July 1, 2009 at 2:14 AM

    Very nice letter. I need to more carefully consider what I eat and drink, and your letter drives home that point.

  2. July 1, 2009 at 2:17 AM

    Thanks Dick! If you have the chance, go watch Food Inc.!

  3. M. Davis
    July 1, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Glad the movie incited you to write this letter to your reps, and to post it here so that others can follow your lead and do likewise. We do have power, but we also need people en masse, to complain and to stop buying the crap.

    Yes, we should all be concerned about our food, as what is more important. Generally speaking – good and nutritious food promotes good health. Awareness of that is the key to stopping the bad habits of Big Agra business and Big Pharma. I wish they were gone and farming returned to farmers.

  4. Mary Beth Egan
    November 19, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    Glad to see you took action…. Also amazed you got a reply from your rep- in spite of its ineffectual result….I’ve written Charles Schumer (D, NY) numerous times and 1x I rec’d a blurp thanking me for my interest in government…nothing referencing what I wrote about. Keep up the good fight!

    • November 19, 2009 at 6:06 AM

      I got a similar response from my rep. So irritating. Thanks for the comment!

  1. July 24, 2009 at 6:58 PM

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