Congressman Putnam re-introduces food
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By Doug Ohlemeier
(March 5, 11:15 a.m.) RIVERVIEW, Fla. — Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., has reintroduced his food safety bill.
Putnam unveiled the newest version of the Safe Food Enforcement, Assessment,
Standards and Targeting Act, first introduced in the 2008 congressional
session, at the DiMare Fresh-Tampa Inc. tomato repacking
A Putnam aide said the bill contains new provisions, including enhanced traceback and recordkeeping. Other parts of the bill,
co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., include
strengthened sections following the peanut foodborne
illness outbreak and the 2008 salmonella outbreak initially blamed on
Other sections establish performance standards, accredit qualified overseas
third party auditors, allow for the Food and Drug
Administration to hold adulterated foods and direct federal authorities to
deal with intentional adulteration at high-risk points in the food supply
produce industry representatives from Maitland-based Florida Fruit &
Vegetable Association and the Florida Tomato Exchange were in attendance.
Mike Stuart, FFVA’s president, said Putnam in
recent years has shown a strong interest in helping move produce food safety
forward on a national basis.
“This is the next logical step in that process,” Stuart said. “It’s a
comprehensive approach in dealing with the food safety issue and one that
provides a risk-based focused approach in dealing with the issue.”
Stuart said the reforms would also help the FDA deal with food safety issues
more effectively and avoid problems associated with other food safety investigations.
Putnam isn’t seeking another congressional term after his current term ends
Jan. 2011. The four-term Bartow, Fla., native on Feb. 18 entered the race for Florida agriculture