My immediate response is, “Whew.” And “about freaking time.”
The BPA ban was stripped from the bill. That’s a bummer. Europe and even China, for God’s sake are taking steps to ban this endocrine-disruptor; apparently it would be too much for the “free market” to bear to require manufacturers to not include this particular chemical out of things like, oh, I don’t know, BABY BOTTLES.
Then I also read that the House still has to pass the sucker, not a foregone conclusion since the Senate version is so extremely watered down from the version the House passed last year. (I’m pragmatic enough to hope they pass it anyway. Get it done, people. Amend and make new laws later. The lame duck says “quack,” so get it done.)
I also find it absolutely mind-boggling that we need a huge food safety bill to give the FDA power to actually demand that corporations test their food for safety, and even more, to give the FDA power to demand a recall when the food has been found to be contaminated. That we actually need a law to be able to tell companies “um, your food is contaminated with stuff that will likely make people sick and possibly kill a few, so, um, maybe you should tell people there’s a problem and recall the food.” That’s just…well, it’s another pathology, one that no government action can really address.
So, House of Representatives: do your jobs. Get it done.
an American Citizen who Eats Food.