corporations spending millions lobbying for ‘food safety’

corporations spending millions lobbying for 'food safety'from food safety news: The Senate recently updated its lobbying disclosure database with second quarter spending information.  The documents available through the database reveal which organizations are spending what – and where their money is focused.

The Senate Website is set up so that you can easily search for companies lobbying on behalf of a particular subject like food safety.  Anyone can even view the particular actions of a favorite grocery chain, coffee company, or fast food restaurant. Corresponding with the progress of a number of food safety bills, the second quarter of this year (April 1 through June 30) saw increased lobbying on the food safety front…

McDonald’s’ lobbying efforts focused on S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; food labeling legislation; childhood nutrition bills; climate change; global warming; and the Food Safety Enhancement Act. Cargill, Inc., the company that recently resolved an E. coli lawsuit with Stephanie Smith, spent $400,000 lobbying S. 510, greenhouse gas legislation, climate change, and childhood nutrition bills. ConAgra Foods, which recently recalled Marie Callendar’s frozen entrees after they were determined to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak, spent about $100,000 lobbying S. 510, school nutrition programs, workers rights legislation and climate bills…

Nearly every company and organization that registered for lobbying designated some money to lobbying policy makers on S. 510, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. This bill has received a lot of objection and support from many different interest groups and continues to be one of the most contested pieces of legislation.

The complete Lobbying Disclosure Database can be found here.

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