The House of
Representatives plans to consider the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009
after July 4.
The United Fresh Produce
Association, Washington, D.C., said in an e-mail to members June 23 that
the food safety legislation is expected to be debated and voted on in early
July, before the August recess.
The timing of Senate consideration
is not known yet, as members there are dealing with health care reform.
Tom Stenzel, president of
United Fresh, urged industry in the e-mail to stay engaged on the food
safety issue through the summer and into the fall. In particular, he said
the Washington Public Policy Conference Sept. 9-11 should provide attendees
an opportunity to be involved the debate.
United Fresh has already
worked to make the food safety more workable for the industry, Stenzel
said. Since May, he said United Fresh has helped strengthen
commodity-specific approach to fresh produce oversight, boost flexibility
in traceability solutions and limited registration fees on domestics
facilities and importers, among other improvements.
"As Senate leaders
begin work on their own food safety bill later this year, we look forward
to providing input that will result in passage of sound, scientific food
safety legislation," Stenzel in the e-mail.