The Fertilizer Industry Methamphetamine Task Force praised the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved and forwarded the "Combat Meth Act of 2005" out of committee to the full Senate. The legislation, which was introduced by Sens. Jim Talent (R-Mo.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Jan. 27, would regulate the sale of pseudoephedrine by keeping products that contain it behind a pharmacy counter and by allowing only a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to sell such products.

"The fertilizer industry, including agricultural retailers, has been particularly hard hit by the theft of our products for the illegal production of methamphetamine," said The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) president Kraig R. Naasz. "This bill will significantly bolster the efforts by rural communities, fertilizer dealers and their farmer customers to halt the spread of methamphetamine."    

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