H.R. 814, The TRACE Act of 2009 (7 comments ↓ | 3 wiki edits: view article ↓)

  • This item is from the 111th Congress (2009-2010) and is no longer current. Comments, voting, and wiki editing have been disabled, and the cost/savings estimate has been frozen.
  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as H.R. 3548, The TRACE Act.

H.R. 814 would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act to improve the safety of food, meat, and poultry products through enhanced traceability.

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farmer's Wife

March 5, 2009, 2:53pm (report abuse)

This is just NAIS writ large and mandatory. Another reason why people who take money from Agribusiness and tag manufacturers should not be allowed to sit in Congress and write laws. Ms. Delgette, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Nadler, of New York, and Ms. Delauro would like to see the Federal Government shut down every place to buy food that is NOT part of corporate Agribuisness; including farmer\\\'s markets, farm gate sales, and roadside stands. The way this is written, you couldn\\\'t sell a dozen eggs or a extra zucchini to your neighbor if there is a chance s/he might carry that food product across state lines without having all your farm records open for inspection. BTW, oh genius members of Congress, it is ALREADY against Federal Law to slaughter Equines for Human consumption in the United States.


March 5, 2009, 5:36pm (report abuse)

Locally raised or grown non-genetically modified foods should be exempt, except for posting paperwork for non-local parents of any livestock in a visible spot in the operation. This paperwork should be provided by the non-local producer. Seed bags should be sufficient for produce for non-local seed sources.

The large producers that blend meats and produce from multiple sources are the main problem.

However, as we have seen, the bad ones will lie in any case, so why are you doing this? It will punish the honest, and still enable the liars.

Proper inspections at the source would probably handle the problem better than this paperwork exercise.


March 12, 2009, 11:25am (report abuse)

I agree with farmer'w Wife - this is yet another attempt to mandate NAIS.

Is this bill trying to legalize the slaughter of equines for human consumption? Or are the authors of this bill so ignorant that they think we are slaughtering horses for human consumption?

No nazi please

March 12, 2009, 1:36pm (report abuse)

Excuse me. I have trouble pronouncing NAIS without saying nazi instead. Should I just abandon the farm now and go on welfare, or should I fight and go to jail? How soon will they be coming for me? I'm worth money. My dental work has a couple of nice gold crowns, so maybe I can help fund DeLauro's re-election.

Or will those who have sworn to support the Constitution (Hello, local sheriff, hello Federal marshals, hello Congress) please defend us, instead of coming to arrest us?

Marsha Stagner

March 14, 2009, 8:55am (report abuse)

BAD BILL, strictly for the Agri-Business. Is destructive to the small farmers and producers. Puts all the data in ONE place for terrorists to access. Needs to include a provision for small producers exemption. Do not like the term STAKE HOLDER implies non-ownership of my property


April 3, 2009, 3:35pm (report abuse)

I am not a farmer but I am a consumer. I have visited both local, family owned farms and large corporate farms and slaughter houses - I would rather buy from the family business any day! It is just like the gun control bills, if you outlaw them, only the outlaws with still have them. The good, honest people will abide by the laws and the greedy criminals with do as they please - secretly of course. Does this mean the First Lady will have to do away with her new garden? I agree we need control on imported foods but this is a lazy way for our government to monitor our agriculture in stead of in person inspections or testing.

Yes to NAIS,,What's in your BEEF?

September 14, 2009, 11:34am (report abuse)

The Hell with hiding you sick cows from consumers just to sale beef. We are in this position because you so called beef farmer crossed the line in trying to make the super cow. Add steroids and other lethal products that is now killing most humans. Why not trace it back to throw your a-- in jail for not warning us of your dirty secrets. Swine FLU, Bird Flu, what's next Cow FLU?

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