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HR 814 Supports CAFOs and Restricts Individual Animal Ownership

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Section 210 of HR 875 requires that a national traceability system for each "article of food through all stages of its production, processing, and distribution" be implemented, and HR 814 lays the system out in no uncertain terms. This traceability system applies to livestock, chickens, and eggs, and is supposed to safeguard our food supply. The problem is, no one other than concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) can reasonably comply with its requirements.

 

Here is the actual wording from HR 814:

 

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SEC. 2. TRACEABILITY OF FOOD.

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) is amended--

(1) in section 301, by inserting at the end the following:

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‘(oo) The failure to comply with any requirement of section 414A (relating to the traceability of food).’; and

(2) in chapter IV, by inserting after section 414 the following:

‘SEC. 414A. TRACEABILITY OF FOOD.

‘(a) Establishment of System- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall establish a traceability system described in subsection (b) for all stages of manufacturing, processing, packaging, and distribution of food.

‘(b) Description of System- The traceability system required by subsection (a) shall require each article of food shipped in interstate commerce to be identified in a manner that enables the Secretary to retrieve the history, use, and location of the article through a recordkeeping and audit system or registered identification.

‘(c) Records-

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‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may require that each person, firm, and corporation required to identify an article of food pursuant to subsection (b) maintain accurate records, as prescribed by the Secretary, regarding the purchase, sale, and identification of the article.

‘(2) ACCESS- Each person, firm, and corporation described in paragraph (1) shall, at all reasonable times, on notice by a duly authorized representative of the Secretary, allow the representative to access to each place of business of the person, firm, or corporation to examine and copy the records described in paragraph (1).

‘(3) DURATION- Each person, firm, and corporation described in paragraph (1) shall maintain records required to be maintained under this subsection for such period of time as the Secretary prescribes.

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Barbara H. Peterson is retired from the California Department of Corrections, where she worked as a Correctional Officer at Folsom Prison. She was one of the first females to work at the facility in this classification. After retirement, she went to (more...)
 

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