Monday, August 21, 2006

More Food Labeling

Caught this on this morning: Bill Targets State Food Label Warnings. (The press release on the subject from the Center For Science in the Authoritarian Interest is here.)

The lonely libertarian blogged about this food labeling act here and here,
when the act was first passed by the House back in March.

The gist of the act is to require uniformity in food labeling. The Act was passed, at least in part, in response to California's stricter labeling requirements. And regardless of your views on federal versus state authority, food labeling- any product safety labeling really- are the sorts of laws that should be handled by the federal government. Why? Because eliminating barriers to trade and creating a uniform system of commerce was perhaps the primary rationale behind the creation of the Constitution in the first place.

We don't want states to make their own labeling laws because such laws have the potential to impose tremendous barriers on commerce. Imagine, 50 different states with 50 different sets of requirements. Of course, supporting such legislation is seen not just as pro-business, but as pro-Washington as well.

And finally, in my never ending quest to be fair, let me point out conservative stupidity from the Town Hall comments sections:

I want a warning label on Washington D.C.:
I think we need term limits, the totalitarians in D.C. have done enough to destroy our liberties.

Did she even read the article?


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