U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) has introduced H.R. 3848 the "Protecting Foods and Beverages from Government Attack Act of 2012". This legislation would prohibit the use of federal money for advertising campaigns against any food or beverage deemed safe and lawfully marketed under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

As many of our readers know, so-called “food disparagement laws” were passed in various states in the 1990’s. The Center for Science in the Public Interest provides a listing of the 13 US States that have passed food disparagement laws at:


We note that Representative DesJarlais, a physician by training, is one of the few Members of Congress with an advanced education in a scientific field. See our Essay titled “Too Many lawyers and Too Few scientists in Congress” (August 2, 2011) on the “Essays” tab.

We post a copy of HR 3848 below: