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Dingell Demands Congress Fund New Food Safety Law

The Dean of the House of Representatives is calling on Congress to “adequately fund” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration so it can implement the sweeping food safety law President Obama signed in January.  Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) sent a letter to the leadership on both the House Committee on the Budget and the House… Continue Reading

Food Safety News Nice List 2010

It’s Christmas and time for Food Safety News to present its second annual Nice List.   For the nice, being on our Nice List is as good as it gets, although those named should not expect anything more (from us) than this: Merry Christmas from all of us at Food Safety News! (If you missed… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Spar Over Holdup on Food Safety Bill

In response to media reports that Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) insistence on a controversial bisphenol-A (BPA) ban is holding up the pending food safety bill, Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), a force behind the lower chamber’s version of the bill, sent a public letter yesterday to Feinstein, urging her to reconsider her “obstruction” on the issue…. Continue Reading

Stage Set for Food Safety Bill

Last Thursday, the Senate passed the Wall Street reform bill, handing President Obama his second major legislative victory of the year. The contentious bill, which narrowly passed though the Senate on a 59-39 vote, took over the Senate upon its introduction and halted the progress of most other legislation in the body, including S. 510,… Continue Reading

Dingell to Senate: ‘Now is the time’

Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), currently the longest-serving member of Congress and a fierce advocate for tougher food safety laws, is again calling out the Senate for stalling on pending food safety legislation to modernize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Americans are being forced to play a game of Russian roulette with the food they… Continue Reading

Dingell Calls for Action on Food Fraud

“At US dinner tables, the food may be a fraud,” read the Seattle Times’ headline, “Federal regulators not doing enough to curb ‘food fraud’,” said The Dallas Morning News. This week, newspapers in several cities carried a Washington Post article illustrating the “rising” food fraud in the U.S. “‘Food fraud’ has been documented in fruit… Continue Reading

More Calls for Senate to Act on Food Safety

Beltway insiders are hearing more calls to pass the FDA food safety reform bill pending in the Senate. This week, The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, featured several Op-Eds which highlighted the bill’s bipartisan support and urged the Senate to act. Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of food safety at the Center for Science in the… Continue Reading