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View Diary: S.510:  Food Safety Bill Debate Continues (just not in the Senate) (37 comments)

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  •  I was just scanning the bill, and the fees can be (2+ / 0-)
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    gerrilea, gravlax

    enormous. Wow.

    This is interesting:

    SEC. 309. FOREIGN OFFICES OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION.

    (a) In General- The Secretary shall establish offices of the Food and Drug Administration in foreign countries selected by the Secretary, to provide assistance to the appropriate governmental entities of such countries with respect to measures to provide for the safety of articles of food and other products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration exported by such country to the United States, including by directly conducting risk-based inspections of such articles and supporting such inspections by such governmental entity.

    I like this section:

    SEC. 1012. WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS.

    (a) In General- No entity engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or importation of food may discharge an employee or otherwise discriminate against an employee with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because the employee, whether at the employee's initiative or in the ordinary course of the employee's duties (or any person acting pursuant to a request of the employee)--

    `(1) provided, caused to be provided, or is about to provide or cause to be provided to the employer, the Federal Government, or the attorney general of a State information relating to any violation of, or any act or omission the employee reasonably believes to be a violation of any provision of this Act or any order, rule, regulation, standard, or ban under this Act, or any order, rule, regulation, standard, or ban under this Act;

    `(2) testified or is about to testify in a proceeding concerning such violation;

    `(3) assisted or participated or is about to assist or participate in such a proceeding; or

    `(4) objected to, or refused to participate in, any activity, policy, practice, or assigned task that the employee (or other such person) reasonably believed to be in violation of any provision of this Act, or any order, rule, regulation, standard, or ban under this Act.

    http://thomas.loc.gov/...

    I definitely think whistleblowers concerned about our food safety should be 100% protected. Of course, the administration is currently pursuing lots of whistelblowers, so . . .

    "[K]now that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy." -Barack Obama

    by Battle4Seattle on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 11:43:56 PM PDT

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