Pastor Dowell posted:
The bill has a section called the “Tester Amendment” which supposedly excuses anyone making less than $500k a year selling food. However in order to “qualify” for this exemption you first have to seek permission to be exempt. This means you’re not exempt unless they give you permission to be exempt and the wording for who they allow to be exempt is vague. They can deny anyone they want for arbitrary reasons.
Some of our readers and others have requested that we reference specific sections of the Tester Amendment to food safety bill S. 510 to outline why this does not help or exempt small food producers. The amendment has been sold to the critical public as “exempting” small farms and food producers from the entirety of the heavy-handed regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth.
These small producer exemptions are only for “qualified facilities” and only pertain to subsections (a) through (i) and subsection (n) of S.510 — as outlined on page 5, line 15 in the Tester Amendment:
(2) EXEMPTION. –A qualified facility–
(A) shall not be subject to the requirements under subsections (a) through (i) and subsection (n) in an applicable calendar year.
Ironically, the Tester Amendment clearly states that in order for a small producer to become a “qualified facility” for these exemptions, they must submit the following to the Secretary upon request:
- 3 years of comprehensive financial records indicating less than $500K in gross sales (Pg. 4, Line 11)
- I. Documentation that the owner, operator or agent of the facility has identified potential hazards associated with the food being processed, is implementing preventative controls to address those hazards, and is monitoring the preventative controls to ensure that such controls are effective (Pg. 5 line 20).
This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Yep — the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.
This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a “smuggler”) for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer’s market.
It also sells out U.S. sovereignty over our own food supply by ceding to the authority of both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Codex Alimentarius.
It would criminalize seed saving (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/20…), turning backyard gardeners who save heirloom seeds into common criminals. This is obviously designed to give corporations like Monsanto a monopoly over seeds.
It would create an unreasonable paperwork burden that would put small food producers out of business, resulting in more power over the food supply shifting to large multinational corporations.
I encourage you to read more about this dangerous bill at the Food Freedom blog on WordPress: http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/20…
Watch this excellent video on NaturalNews.TV which explains S.510 in more detail:
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