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Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 8:04pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Awesome! [b]Every voice counts, and can make a difference![/b]
You don't have any contact info in your profile. Please contact me off-board via e-mail so we can get started. Who's your Rep. in FL?

Posted on: Tue, 05/04/2004 - 11:17am
momtomitchell's picture
Joined: 04/20/2004 - 09:00

Here is a response I got today, it appears to be a standardized letter being sent, she makes no mention of HR3684, just HR467 which I am not familiar with, I'll have to research it, I'm sure maybe one of you know what its all about?
Anyway, thank you Nutternomore for your help. I used the latest letter you had posted here.
I think I should respond to this again, what do you all think?

Posted on: Tue, 05/04/2004 - 11:19am
momtomitchell's picture
Joined: 04/20/2004 - 09:00

doh! it would help if I pasted the letter!
Thank you for bringing your concerns to my attention. I appreciate the time you took to contact my office on this important issue.
In light of the growing incidences of food allergies and fatal reactions, Congress has been discussing changes to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Under current regulations, food manufacturers are not required to identify the products used in natural or artificial flavorings, colorings, or spices, and some food additives. Legislation changing current regulations was introduced in the 106th and 107th Congress and has subsequently been re-introduced in the 108th. H.R. 467, the Food Ingredient Right to Know Act, was introduced by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NC). The bill requires all food labels to list any spice, flavoring, or coloring derived from meat, poultry, any other animal product (including insects), or a known food allergen. The bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Health, but has yet to be considered.
Providing ingredient information on spices and flavoring could be useful to food allergy sufferers. Easy identification, by use of a well-recognized symbol, is currently under consideration. As an asthmatic with many allergies I can certainly relate to this bill and as it moves forward, I assure you I will listen to the experts and my constituents on this important issue.
Thank you for sending me your thoughts. I hope to continue to receive them in the future.
I thank you for your concern regarding this very important matter and I hope you will continue to share your thoughts and views with me. It is my honor and privilege to serve the people of Florida's 5th Congressional District and my offices and staff are here to provide you with any assistance you may need.
Ginny Brown-Waite
Member of Congress

Posted on: Tue, 05/04/2004 - 5:05pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

GRRR! This is the 2nd time I've heard of a Rep. referencing HR 467 in their form letter response.
This is not good, shows little awareness about the push for HR 3684.
OK...a little history. HR 467 is the Food Ingredient Right to Know Act. Rep. Lowey also introduced this legislation back in 2003, but my understanding is that this was back-up legislation (in the event that FALCPA didn't survive). It only tries to address the food additive labeling loophole, so it isn't anywhere near as comprehensive as FALCPA.
We need to make sure that Reps. are considering the legislation [i]we're asking them to consider [/i] - HR 3684, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I agree that a follow-up letter and/or phone call would be helpful....thanks for pushing!

Posted on: Wed, 05/05/2004 - 8:18am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Nutternomore:
And check the list of current co-sponsors for HR3684:
[i]If your representatives aren't on this list, we still need you to contact them to let them know how important this issue is, and that you want them to co-sponsor the legislation.[/i]
Let's keep it going!
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited February 27, 2004).][/b]
Four new co-sponsors were added today bringing the total to 47 - including Republican George Nethercutt from Washington state. Also two Reps from California and one from Maryland! I think next week being Food Allergy Awareness Week will be an excellent opportunity to recontact our representatives not already listed as co-sponsors and make our case again.

Posted on: Fri, 05/07/2004 - 7:28pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

I'm passing along an update I rec'd from Anna McCartney (Seattle FEAST group - the one who is making the FALCPA postcards).
IT'S CRUNCH TIME....Get to your House Reps. right away!
Hi! I just got off the phone with Kate Winkler, from Congresswoman Lowey's office. Here's the deal: the subcommittee (Health) has bumped the bill up to the full committee (Energy and Commerce) to be looked at.
The Energy and Commerce folks are having a meeting with Lowey's folks next week to talk about the bill. Kate said this is definitely good news
- they don't bother having meetings about stuff they aren't interested in, and the fact that the subcommitte looked at it and bumped it up to the big committee generally means that the subcommittee thinks it's a
good bill.
Kate said that things are looking GOOD, but that it's really getting down to the wire. It's kind of now or never to get more support. Even though things are going in the right direction it's not clear at this
point whether it will pass or not, so it's totally crucial for all of us to be calling tons of politicians. If you have anyone from your state on Energy and Commerce (not just the Health Subcommittee!!!) PLEASE
PLEASE PLEASE call them.
The list of who's on Energy and Commerce is at
Even if you have no connection to anyone on Energy and Commerce, please check whether your own Congressperson is a co-sponsor. You can do that at [url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR03684:@@@P."]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR03684:@@@P.[/url]
Sometimes these links don't work, so if you can't go through that link, try
[url="http://www.thomas.loc.gov"]www.thomas.loc.gov[/url] and type in bill number HR 3684 and then Bill Summary &
Status, then cosponsors. If your congressperson is not on that list
PLEASE call them and ask them to become a co-sponsor.
It's now or never, I think.
Thanks a ton!

Posted on: Thu, 05/13/2004 - 5:46am
momtomitchell's picture
Joined: 04/20/2004 - 09:00

Well I just wrote to Congresswoman Brown-Waite for the 3rd time. Since she obviously didn't read my first message correctly I refuse to give up on this one. I even invited her to come grocery shopping with me and watch just how long it takes to read all the labels!!

Posted on: Fri, 05/14/2004 - 3:35am
momtomitchell's picture
Joined: 04/20/2004 - 09:00

Nuttermore, have you received an update about the meeting with Lowey's people?

Posted on: Fri, 05/14/2004 - 12:45pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for your efforts!
No update as of today, but we hope to get one early next week. I'll report what we find out re:status.

Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2004 - 2:28pm
Driving Me Nutty's picture
Joined: 05/01/2003 - 09:00

Nutternomore, is it too late? I just found this website listing Energy and Commerce Members... is hat who we should be writing to at this point? [url="http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/members/members.htm"]http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/members/members.htm[/url]
I already sent one last June to my congressman via FAAN website. House reps can be looked up at
[This message has been edited by Driving Me Nutty (edited May 18, 2004).]


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