From AP via Forbes:
Feel like kicking the system to see if you can make it run better? The House of Representatives is voting today on the aforementioned bill to take warning labels off packaged food. You might want to phone your congresscritter.
Lawmakers seeking to curtail food warning labels have personal ties to food industry lobbyists, critics said Monday.
House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and several other lawmakers support a bill that would keep states from adding warnings that go beyond federal rules.
The lawmakers have family, friends and former staff among the lobbyists for the bill.“This helps explain why the food industry has blocked any efforts to have hearings,” said Ben Cohen, attorney for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a watchdog group.
Basically, this bill would overturn existing state food safety laws that are not “identical” to federal law. That’s a problem, because local and state officials are now responsible for 80% of the nation’s food safety enforcement. The change would affect hundreds of laws and regulations which enforce safe standards on things like milk and shellfish.
The effect would be to lower the bar on food safety. Federal laws enforcing shellfish safety in Iowa and Arizona are no match for the shellfish safety laws of Maryland.
Your chief resource: Consumers Union has put together an easy contact page, with a database of Representative contact info by zip code, plus some good talking points.
See also Julia at Sisyphus Shrugged, who tipped me off to this.