DownsizeDC - 20 Minutes, 422 Pages

The latest post on the subject of the Read the Bills Act concerns the passage of this bill:
...the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 introduced on Wednesday, September 19: "Final bill text released twenty minutes before floor consideration." That's bad. What makes it worse is, this bill is 422 pages long. Is it just me, or does 20 minutes seem like not quite enough time to read 422 pages?
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The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (H.R.3580) contains, amongst it's other unread passages, a provision to create a new reporting agency within the FDA, which allows them the ability to remove a product from public access based on a single reported instance of harm; even if the harmed person doesn't report the harm his or herself.

Considering that the FDA has been wanting to restrict access to supplements for a few years now (purportedly at the request of the AMA) this looks like granting the FDA the ability to do this one supplement at a time; essentially a back door approach to do the same thing that public feed back has stymied up to this point.

Considering the hassles that we now have to go through to get former OTC medicines like Pseudoephedrine and Ephedrine, as well as the cluster fuck that was last year's spinach debacle;

[Never mind that simply irradiating the food would have removed any possible chance of infection. Don't even get me started on the pseudo-science behind the banning of that process in the US]

This does not bode well for future access to all kinds of products that the FDA will find objectionable under the new reporting rules.

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