Monday, January 26, 2009

Day 6 of the Legislative Session

The legislature was out all last week for MLK Day, the Presidential Inauguration and budget hearings.

Today the House was in at 10:00 and the Senate came in at 1:00. Both Chambers were in and out fairly quickly. And neither Chamber had a member introduce the Governor's "tort reform" package.

While checking the boards for upcoming meetings, I saw that there will be a meeting on Wednesday morning at 8:00 in the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee on the Peanut Butter Recall. Tainted peanut butter is yet another example of the failure of the FDA.

A consumer watchdog group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest released the following statement: "This latest outbreak proves again that FDA is woefully inadequate to the task of protecting American consumers from unsafe food. It presently inspects low risk peanut butter plants rarely, or not at all, leaving the job to state inspection agencies.”

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