Key Lawmakers Introduce Major Food Safety Bill

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Targeted News Service -- Targeted News Service, February 2, 2009 Monday 10:17 AM EST

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture issued the following newsletter:

Key democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced major food safety legislation (H.R. 759) on January 28 which would overhaul the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act proposes a number of new requirements and oversight for the food industry.

H.R. 759 was introduced by Reps. John Dingell (D-MI), Subcommittee on Health Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Bart Stupak (D-MI). They introduced a similar legislation last year and held a series of hearings. H.R. 759 includes new provisions from last year's bill on tracebacks, whistleblower protections, and penalties.

Subcommittee Chairman Stupak said his panel would soon hold hearings on the legislation. Specifically, the bill would: (1) require all facilities that import food to register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); (2) impose fees to support food safety; (3) require domestic and foreign facilities to have safety plans; (4) increase inspections; (5) require foreign food manufacturers to meet U.S. safety standards; (6) require safety plans for production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables; (7) expand traceability, including farms and restaurants; (8) require country-of-origin labeling; (9) expand laboratory testing; and (10) provide mandatory recall authority to FDA.



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