Climate change is the current
hot issue on Capitol Hill. But, according to produce industry lobbyists and
other Capitol Hill sources, food safety legislation could be up for debate as
early as this summer. Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy
for the United Fresh Produce Association, says headlines make a case for food
Lobbyists say the two food safety bills getting the most attention are the
Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act from Representative John
Dingell, and The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, co-sponsored by Senator
Richard Durbin. A similar bill, HR 875, is from Representative Rosa DeLauro.
Guenther calls these – major legislative proposals – that are on the table.
Guenther said the challenge for lawmakers is that climate change and energy
policy will grab the spotlight before Memorial Day. After that, Guenther said
the health care debate may heat up. It is believed that some members of
Congress would like to address food safety by the end of May, if possible.