The National Uniformity for Food Coalition launched a new Web site, www.uniformityforfood.org. The mission of the coalition is to provide consumers with a single set of food safety standards that are developed in cooperation with state policymakers and are based on scientific evidence.
This is the same standard used in other federally-regulated areas of food and medicine, including meat, poultry, eggs, nutrition labeling, health claims, pesticide residues and drugs and medical devices. The coalition is supporting legislation – the National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005 (H.R. 4167) – that would:
- Make food safety regulation for packaged food consistent across all 50 states and under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration.
- Provide consumers with a single set of consistent, science-based food safety regulations.
- Curb regulatory burdens on all businesses by setting a single set of national guidelines.
- Extend to packaged food the same consumer protections as in other areas of federal regulation including meat, poultry, nutrition labeling, and drugs and medical devices.
- Establish a procedure requiring the FDA to evaluate state regulations different than its own, and consider applying that state’s standards nationally.
The new Web site allows visitors to urge their congressional lawmakers to support the bill.
National Pork Producers Council