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Jon Tester

The Government’s Role in Food Safety

(U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, was co-author of the Tester-Hagan Amendment to the Food Safety Modernization Act, which exempted certain small, local producers from regulation. He sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee and also on its Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies.) As an organic farmer from north-central… Continue Reading

Hamburg Tells Senate Budget Committee FSMA Funding Needed to Fill ‘Significant’ Gaps

Many questions directed at outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg during a Senate budget hearing on Thursday concerned funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and details of the law’s rules. The agency’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 asks for a total of $1.5 billion for food safety and nutrition, including a $109.5-million increase… Continue Reading

Montana’s Jon Tester Puts Some Meat on His Plate

To his potatoes, Jon Tester has added some meat. The junior senator from Montana chose to share his thoughts on most of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s current meat and poultry agenda in a letter released on the eve of the announcement that the under secretary for food safety is leaving. Sen. Tester in 2010… Continue Reading

Tester: Small Farms Won with Food Safety Exemption

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), the only farmer serving in the upper chamber, touted his work on the recently enacted food safety law before a sustainable food audience in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. “The thing about food policy is if you eat, it affects you,” said Tester in his remarks, which largely focused on his creds as… Continue Reading

Q&A: Why the Produce Industry Opposes Tester

As part of our ongoing expert Q&A series, a conversation with Bob Whitaker, the Produce Marketing Association’s Chief Science Officer:  After working with Congress to get comprehensive food safety legislation in the pipeline, the Produce Marketing Association joined 19 other big produce interest groups last week to oppose S.510, a bill they’d been actively supporting,… Continue Reading

Tester Offers Hope on S. 510, Help for Small Farms

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) says he expects the Senate to approve his amendment aimed at lessening the impact of the pending food safety bill on small-scale food producers. While the fate and immediate timeline for the legislation remains highly uncertain, Tester’s office released an updated version of his amendment late last week. “While I agree… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong with the Tester Amendments

On April 14, 2010, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) announced that he is introducing two amendments to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510.  The aim of the amendments is to ease the burden that small farmers believe the bill will impose on them if passed.  The amendments, if adopted, will exclude facilities with adjusted… Continue Reading