425 Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act
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June 22, 1:00 PM
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced S.
425 to establish a national traceability system for all food under
the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) jurisdiction. This proposed
legislation would require, “a traceability system … for all stages of
manufacturing, processing, packaging and distribution of food.” The bill
further states that, “Electronic records identifying each prior sale,
purchase, or trade of the food and its ingredients, and establishing that
the food and its ingredients were grown, prepared, handled, manufactured,
processed, distributed, shipped, warehoused, imported, and conveyed under
conditions that ensure the safety of the food. The records should include
an electronic statement with the date of, and the names and addresses of
all parties to, each prior sale, purchase, or trade, and any other
information as appropriate.”
The traceability system would be developed by an advisory
committee made up of consumer advocates, industry leaders, and FDA and
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials. Committee members would
determine which type of tracking technology, such as numbers, electronic
bar codes, and national database would be required of food producers and
processors. The national database or registry would be operated by the
The only entity exempt from this legislation would be the
household consumer. All other food producers and processors of any
size would be subject to enforcement of this law.
The civil penalties specified for violation of this bill
$100,000, in the case of an individual; and
$500,000, in the case of any other person
This piece of legislation is only one of several major
food bills proposed in the 111th Congress.
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