Whitehouse Stops Food Safety Regulations

Picture of Senator Rob Portman

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) has introduced house bill S.951 which is making its way through the house. The official name of the bill is the “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017” the unofficial media name is the “Filthy Food Act”.  The bill has heavy hitter support such as Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and more, the bill also has total Whitehouse support.

The bill in its current form requires agencies adhere to new stringent analysis and procedures before any new food safety regulations were to be enacted. In addition, the bill restricts insights gained from scientific research and moves technical agency expert authority to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) which is under the Administrations Jurisdiction. The bill introduces public hearing fiascos meant to slow or stop new regulations.

In 2011 the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implemented changes that improved U.S. food safety in many ways. This new proposal will roll back those changes and more. Under the new guidelines cost reduction, inaction and arbitration are the rule not public safety. According to Portman “everyone needs a job, his role is to ensure everyone has a job, health is of little concern to him”.

He explained further “Americans are strong, so what if there food is full of bacteria, carcinogens and other harmful chemicals”. According to Portman “his food will be good, it comes from his farm, people should stop whining and get a job, that’s what he’s advocating” more jobs. According to Portman and his cosponsors “Americans food has been safe for too long, they need to know how others live with food insecurities, so starting in June maggot pies hit local store shelves”.

More can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/951/text and at https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/sponsored-legislation