American consumers are growing more concerned over genetically engineered
foods, factory farming practices, animal testing - that is, testing that does
not necessarily reflect product safety for huamns, and is inhumane, also -
and the presence of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics.
Despite this, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill, HR
1411 that would make it illegal for a state legislature to pass its own
labeling laws. The national labeling uniformity provision of the Drug and
Biological Products Modernization Act of 1997 would prevent states or
political subdivisions of a state from initiating regulations, labeling laws
or warnings in the form of labels, posters, public notices or advertising
that would indicate or imply that a food, drug, or cosmetic may represent a
health safety hazard. This bill would deny consumers their right to demand
such information through their state legislatures if the federal government
refused to provide it . . .
We have the right to know what we are consuming. That right must be
considered more sacred than corporate profits at the expense of consumer
Please urge our federal representatives [names given] to protect our right
to know what we consume by opposing the passage of this and equivalent bills.
Also urge our state representatives to not allow the federal government to
usurp their authority to protect [our state's] consumers.
Comments, anyone? B. Gras
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