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2008 House Bill 5679: Impose new regulations on maple syrup producers

Public Act 338 of 2008

  1. Introduced by Rep. Howard Walker (R) on January 31, 2008, to impose on maple syrup producers the same (extensive) regulatory regime that applies to "food processing plants" that process, manufacture, package, label and store food products.
    • Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on January 31, 2008.
      • Reported in the House on April 10, 2008, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Referred to the House Oversight And Investigations Committee on May 27, 2008.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 12, 2008, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 12, 2008.
  2. Passed 106 to 0 in the House on November 12, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on November 13, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Agriculture and Bioeconomy Committee on November 13, 2008.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 4, 2008, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 10, 2008, to impose on maple syrup producers the same (extensive) regulatory regime that applies to "food processing plants" that process, manufacture, package, label and store food products.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 23, 2008.

Comments

Bad Bad Bad  by Anonymous Citizen on November 14, 2008 
This bill is more about protecting some big food company and eliminating their cometition than it is about safer food. There have been too many food recalls coming from these "factories" for me to consider them safe. The small Maple syrup providers do a tremendous job of providing a safe, nutritious product.

Hear, hear  by Anonymous Citizen on April 12, 2008 
Couldn't say it any better.

Does this mean new toxic chemicals added?  by Anonymous Citizen on February 6, 2008 
They are messing with all of our foods to the point that nothing is safe. Stay out of the food industry. Ban the FDA - they are NOT on the consumers side. They allow all kinds of poisons to be added and many times not even labeled. Stay out of the lives of small business, which is about all we can trust these days. They want to irradiate our foods, put viruses on our meat!
Here is a short article about it.
The Food and Drug Administration recently announced the developing of a new method of annihilating bacteria which are ubiquitously present on all meat products. Sprayed on ready-to-eat meat, cold cuts, hot dogs, sausages, sliced ham, poultry products, turkey etc., the combination of six viruses is meant to kill all microbes and bacteria which can cause serious health disorders in consumers.
This is insanity!!!
They are poisoning our water and foods with fluoride, which Hitler used on the people. I guess he really cared about their teeth!
Fluoride was used in rat killer. It is currently being used as a pesticide on many things. They even want to add it to children's ice cream now!
The toothpaste tube says call poison control if swallowed. You know kids swallow it!
It is in high concentrations in tea according to a government report. I have just barely touched on the subject and there are many other things they are adding even worse.

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