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House Proceeding 07-30-09 on Jul 30th, 2009 :: 0:02:05 to 0:10:35
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Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:01:43 to 0:02:07( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: provisions of the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce, and two, one motion to recommit with or without

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:02:05 to 0:10:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:02:09 to 0:02:29( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: instructions. the speaker pro tempore: though house will be in order. members will remove their conversations from the floor. on both sides of the aisle. the gentlewoman from new york is rognized for one hour. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. chairman.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:02:30 to 0:02:50( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: for the purpose of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentlelady from north carolina, representative foxx. all time yielded during consideration of the rule is for debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which remarks and insert extraneous materials into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:02:51 to 0:03:11( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: ms. slaughter: thank you. mr. speaker, today the house will consider h.r. 2749, the food safety enhancement act legislation that will help to make our food supply safer, cleaner, and provide much-needed peace of mind to american families. too ofterecently, we have watched horrible news reports

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:03:12 to 0:03:33( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: showing stories of americans who have become terribly sick or died from eating the same simple foods that we take for granted and consume every day. thk ability that for a minute. our -- think about that for a minute. our country, one of the wealthiest in the world with one of the most bountiful food supply has been in the grip of

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:03:34 to 0:03:55( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: a food panic that shows no signs of easing up. peanut butter, spinach, cookie dough, beef, tomatoes, sprouts, pis tashyows, every day it seems like it is something new. we know that every year, 76 million americans are sickened from consumer contaminated food

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:03:56 to 0:04:16( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: and 5,000 of those persons die. this issue has probably touched every one of us in some way. in too many cases, they are not random, unpredictable events, but widespread and systematic and sadly, they are also preventable. they come about because of flawin our food safety

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:04:17 to 0:04:37( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: system. i'm happy to say these gaps in protection are closed by this legislation. under this bill, we give the f.d.a. new authority, new tools and a new source of funding to carry out its vital mission. thanks to this bill, the f.d.a. will make more frequent inspections of food processing

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:04:38 to 0:04:59( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: facilities, develop a food traceback system to pinpoint the source of food-borne elnesses and have enhanced powers to ensure that imported foods are safe. it provides the f.d.a. better access to food producers and manufacturers without having to wait for an outbreak of food borne illness. the bill provides strong,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:05:00 to 0:05:20( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: flexible enforcement tools and importantly, it strengthens penalties imposed on food facility this is a fail to comply with safety requirements. we require food facilities to have safety plans in place to identify and mitigate hazards, one of the best ways to make an

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:05:21 to 0:05:43( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: immediate imprement to food safety. . the bill before us is bipartisan. it's worth noting the bill was approved bthe energy and commerce committee back on june 17 by voice vote. that's how broad the support was. and we know this bill enjoys a

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:05:44 to 0:06:05( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: lot of support from all members. it received 280 votes yesterday, including 50 republican votes that i'm happy to have and very confident that the bill will enjoy the same level of support today. i ask unanimous consent, mr. chairman, to enter a copy of an editorial from today's "new york

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:06:06 to 0:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: times" into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. slaughter: under the current system the f.d.a. can only try to coa a food production facility to voluntarily recall its product after people have grown sick or even died. the legislation, the best in years, would give the agency a great deal more power and

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:06:27 to 0:06:47( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: responsibility to prevent such outbreaks. the f.d.a. would finally have the authority to set strong science-based safety standards for the growing, harvesting, and transporting of both domestic and imported food. the agency would then require each food production facility to come up a best safety plan

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:06:48 to 0:07:09( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: showing how it would meet those standards. right now several years or more can elapse before the f.d.a. does a full on-site inspection after foodacility. most inspections are done by states and not all plants are visited. under this bill, so-called high-risk facilities, one where there have been problems in the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:07:10 to 0:07:31( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: past, or os handle easily spoiled items like raw seafood would have to be inspected by the f.d.a. every six to 12 months. lower risk facilities wch deal with items like dry packaged product was no history of causing problems wou be inspected every 18 months to three years. there ends the quote. as others have noted, the legislation is supported by a

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:07:32 to 0:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: range of organizations, including consumers union, consumer federation of america, american public health'socialation, association of schools of public health, center for science and the public interest, the pugh charitable trust, trust for america's health, and the grocery

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:07:54 to 0:08:14( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: association. that some farm organizations seemed unwilling to support the legislation even committee negotiated in good faith to address their concerns. that lack of of of support cost us t passage. i want to address a few other concerns that every farm has to pay an

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:08:15 to 0:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: annual $500 fee. i would like to point out that at requirement does not apply to farms that sel consumers, meaning most if not all, small family or organic rms would be covered. another concern centered on what the bill would mean to small

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:08:36 to 0:08:57( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: organic farmers and whether the larger f.d.a. power would interfere with their operations. the bill specifically says the f.d.a. can only issue standards for the riskiest products, and the f.d.a. is also directed to take into consideration the impact on small scale and diversified farms and on

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:08:58 to 0:09:19( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: wildlife habitat, conservation practices, water shed protection efforts, and/or beganic production methods. and another issue centered on whether confidential farm records might be disclosed by the f.d.a. to others. in fact, the only new records that the f.d.a. can have access to relate only to fresh produce

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:09:20 to 0:09:40( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: for which the f.d.a. has issued a safety standard or that is the subject of an active investigation of a food-borne illness outbreak. it is my hope that the small farmers in my district and upstate new york and elsewhere see this bill as a positive step foard in improving safety. ultimately we should feel

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:09:41 to 0:10:02( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: confident about the quality of our food regardless of whether it comes from a big farm or small family-run organic farm. let me touch on one other issue as well. the legislation does not include stronger language to restrict the current overuse i would say abuse of antibiotics by farmers

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:10:03 to 0:10:24( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: who raise livestock for human consumption. we have legislation that has strong and growing number of supporters who like me worry that the use of nontherapeutic antibiotics in our food supply poses an enormous and growing health risk for all americans. it is my plan to make a strong push on this legislation later in the year and i hope all my

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:10:25 to 0:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: colleagues who are ready to vote for this food safety bill will be with us when we take up the preservation of antibiotics for medical treatment act. let's approve this food safety bill right now and start taking

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