S. 425 Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act

Source of Article:  http://www.examiner.com/x-13840-FDA-Policy-Examiner~y2009m6d22-S-425-Food-Safety-and-Tracking-Improvement-Act

 

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 FDA.

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 are:
$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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