Letter: Bill would put food safety at risk

Published: 7/7/2017 11:10:12 PM

As a mother, I am very concerned that the United States Senate is seriously considering the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), a reckless bill in opposition to common sense safeguards.

If passed, this legislation could block health and safety protections and expose children and consumers to toxic and deadly products and pollution. The RAA would rig the system for deep-pocketed corporations by making the creation of new health and consumer protections work for industry lobbyists and lawyers; not for American families. And the bill could even prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency from acting swiftly in a crisis.

As we’ve seen with asbestos, lead paint and countless other toxins, corporations won’t hold themselves accountable for keeping our kids safe. And the RAA could make it nearly impossible for the federal government to do anything. This bill is dangerous and unacceptable and it could leave my kids with toxic food in their lunchboxes.

Corporations don’t need protection, people do. The RAA doesn’t cut red tape, it brings essential government safeguards to a grinding halt while seriously threatening the safety and well-being of American families.

Io Pike



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