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Mar 09, 2006 - 11:20 AM

Terminating Food Warning Labels

by Jamie Court
California's Congressional Delegation remarked yesterday that California's Gov was remarkably silent as the House of Representatives passed legislation preventing California from warning consumers on food labels about exposure to substances that could cause cancer, birth defects, reproductive health problems and allergic reactions. California has the nation's toughest food labeling laws, but its tough-guy Governor didn't raise a bicep to protect them from federal pre-emption.

Could it be that a Governor who claims to put environmental safety and the public's health first, gives higher priority to the money he's getting from the agricultural industry, one of his biggest boosters?

Arnold has received almost $3 million from the agriculture industry ($2,956,659) according to the latest campaign finance reports. That is just about the same amount that the food industry coalition pushing the federal bill gave to all the 435 members of Congress combined during the current cycle, according to the SF Chronicle. So much for money not making a difference, or for truth in advertising.

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