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Industry-backed bill would nullify state food-warning laws 

http://www.nando.com/noframes/story/0,2107,500273325-500426717-502671571-0,00.html
Search for more information on this bill at thomas.loc.gov. 
By PHILIP BRASHER, Associated Press 

WASHINGTON (October 27, 2000 11:13 a.m. EDT 

 

Leahy Unveils Comprehensive Agriculture Antitrust Bill ... 
http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200004/000412.html 
Bill Responds To Growing Market Clout Of Large Agribusinesses, Would Likely Reign In Powerful Dairy
Conglomerate, Suiza Foods, That Has Been Taking Over New England Market 
April 12, 2000
The new bill, the "Farmers and Ranchers Fair Competition Act of 2000" would, for the first time ever, update
competition laws to take into account the unique circumstances of family farmers trying to win fair prices for
their products. Leahy believes that current antitrust law works well for situations with a few producers --
such as factories -- supplying manufactured products to millions of consumers. But when millions of
producers with very similar products want to sell their products to a
handful of giant agribusiness buyers, antitrust laws become meaningless.

SLAPP

Public Citizen – http://www.citizen.org/press/pr-cmep72.htm 
Aug. 10, 2000 - Company Tries to Silence Public Citizen’s Criticism of Food Irradiation

Food Slander

Pure Food -- http://www.purefood.org/gagutne.html 

Smith, Gar. “Food Slander Laws.” Fall 1995. 16 May 1999 < http://www.geocities.com/Athens/1527/slancrime.html  >
The 13 states that currently have food slander laws.


Irradiation

Public Citizen -- http://www.citizen.org/cmep/rad-food/radfoodindex.htm 
pure-food.com & irradiation.com -- http://www.irradiation.com/food.htm 

Meat Inspection: A Rancid Rule Change
http://www.commondreams.org/views/071800-104.htm 
Editorial Tuesday July 18, 2000 © 2000 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The most recent, and revolting, development was a report last week that meat from diseased animal carcasses
would, under the new rules, be classified as safe. Meat from animals with cancer, open sores and diseases
caused by intestinal parasites pose no health threat to humans, according to the new guidelines.
Clinton Administration Reduces Standards For Wholesome Meats
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines/071700-01.htm 

by Lance Gay
The federal agency overseeing food inspection is imposing new rules that reclassify animal carcasses with
cancers, tumors and open sores as safe for human consumption. 

Federal meat inspectors and consumer groups are protesting the move to classify tumors and open sores as
aesthetic problems, which permits the meat to get the government's purple seal of approval as a wholesome


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