- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 2, 2010


The United States has the safest and most efficient food production in the world. So why would the Senate be considering a bill that would do irreparable harm to our food producers?

S. 510 is no food safety modernization bill. Filled with onerous rules, regulations and fees, it surely would drive up the cost of all food products. The red tape it would create would not add to food safety.

I’m not a farmer, nor am I involved in food production in any way. But reading this bill made me wonder how a hardworking, tax-paying farmer - a businessman - would react to its language. The bill’s vague set of parameters creates a tyrannical regulator and an intimidated food producer.

Is this what it’s come to - the federal government passing laws that give regulators ultimate power and control? What’s a farmer to do, bribe a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agent? Beg for relief from the bureaucracy and endless paperwork so he can get back to the business of farming?

Our food-safety system is working well. There’s no need for additional sweeping regulation. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

This bill is a prime example of why Americans are so exasperated with the Obama administration. Every time we turn around, we’re getting more regulation, more mandates, more paperwork, more costs and more federal bureaucrats reaching into every corner of our lives.


Bluffton, S.C.



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