Harsh words over food-warning bill

first_img California has sued under Proposition 65 to enforce warnings about mercury in canned tuna, lead in Mexican candy and other potential hazards. State officials are concerned the House bill would overturn their ability to caution consumers about such dangers. The food business, a major industry in California, wants consistent warnings across state lines to reduce the cost of making many different labels. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Sorry,” he quickly added, to laughter from the room, including a half-dozen other attorneys general. “But anyhow. All my colleagues disassociate with that remark.” Lockyer added that perhaps he should have called Rogers a “pea brain” instead. He called the bill “extremely dangerous,” adding that it would take from California women “the right they have to information that helps them protect their health and the health of their children because women in other states do not have that right.” “It makes it pretty clear that the attorney general has a very limited vocabulary,” said Rogers’ press secretary, Sylvia Warner. “He proved what we’ve been saying all along, that this has become more about politics than it is about policy.” The House is expected to vote today to approve the bill, which Lockyer and others contend specifically targets California’s voter-approved Proposition 65, the 1986 law requiring businesses to provide “clear and reasonable” warnings when they expose consumers to known reproductive toxins, such as mercury. WASHINGTON – California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, at a press conference on legislation to curtail food warning labels, used an expletive to refer to one of the bill’s sponsors. The remark was in reference to Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., whose bill would stop states from putting warning labels on food that are different from federal warnings. Lockyer read a quote from Rogers in which the congressman said a pregnant shopper in Michigan should see the same warning while buying peas as a pregnant shopper in California. “What a dumbs–,” Lockyer said. last_img

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