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S.510: My letter to a senator

Tonight I took the time to write my senator a letter pertaining S.510.  I feel that this bill is absolutely destructive and is an expansion of federal powers that if not challenged will encroach upon our liberties and freedoms.  This is a monster that we don’t need.  We have allowed too many of these monsters out of the box under the leadership of President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi; ObamaCare, Financial Reform, and now the Food Safety Modernization Act.  All these bills have greatly expanded the powers and role of the federal government in our lives.  So today I want to share this letter with you.  If you think it nails it, feel free to use it as a template.

Senator Conrad,

I have deep concerns about S.510 the food safety modernization act. I understand the need for food safety; however this bill does very little to police larger corporate food producers and restaurants. It actually exempts them per Title I, Section 101, (2) by requiring that each person (excluding farms and restaurants) who manufactures, processes, packs, distributes, receives, holds, or imports an article of food permit inspection of his or her records if the Secretary believes that there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to such food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. This sounds like the little guy is getting the shaft while the big corporate food producers and restaurants which were the main sources of our most recent food borne illnesses and other food-related hazards are getting a free pass. This makes absolutely no sense. It sounds like a deal was cut to garner their support for this bill.

Another area of concern for me pertains to Title II Section 208. This section revises the standard for the administrative detention of food to allow such a detention if the FDA has reason to believe that such article is adulterated or misbranded. Now if you ask me this permits the FDA to use broad strokes in making detention determinations on what foods have been adulterated or misbranded. What sort of criteria is going to be used? In my opinion no federal agency should be given that type of power to make decisions to detain food with such vague language. Where are the checks and balances to make sure some activist administrator of the FDA who feels that some type of food additive could be construed as adulterate and large quantities of food could be detained based on the opinion of one individual or agency? I’m not sure if this is something you considered.

In Title III Section 307 appears to fly in the face of our constitution by authorizing the Secretary to enter into arrangements and agreements with foreign governments to facilitate the inspection of registered foreign facilities. Webster’s definition of an agreement is 1. a: the act or fact of agreeing, b: harmony of opinion, action, or character, 2. a: an arrangement as to a course of action, b: Compact, Treaty. Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of our constitution empowers the President of the United States to make treaties with other countries, after obtaining the consent of a supermajority of the United States Senate. There is no clause in the constitution that delegates this authority to a Secretary. Any agreement with a foreign government by the United States is a treaty by definition.

These are just a few of my main concerns with S.510. After reading the Senate draft of the bill I feel that it’s far too vague, not constitutionally sound, and has the potential to infringe upon the liberties of the people of North Dakota and limit our choices in the future. I ask you not to support this bill in any way, shape, or form. Liberty is a rare and precious thing; something that we should be selfish with. If we continue to give away our liberties and freedoms in the name of safety and security what will we become. We will become that which we abhor…slaves to an oppressive government. That’s not what America is about.

Thank you for your time and please consider these words.


John Carey

It’s that important folks.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: Food Safety Modernization Act, North Dakota, Politics, S 510, Senator Conrad

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