The Senate is currently considering a bill that would require meat handlers to either subject our food to chemical baths and radiation or to pay for pathogen testing that is expensive and unreliable.
The Processed Food Safety Act of 2009 (S.2819), introduced November 30 by Senator Dianne Feinstein, is a well-intended effort to protect consumers, but it will have disasterous conequences if passed. Industrial producers will use potentially dangerous chlorine and radiation as a crutch to cover for unsanitary practices. Those unwilling to subject their food to such treatments will have to pay out of pocket for pathogen testing, something that most small, ethical producers cannot afford. Furthermore, even the best testing can't detect low levels of contamination, providing a false sense of security while failing to protect public safety.
Write your Senators now and tell them that food safety deserves real reform, not chemical band-aids.
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