Senator Introduces Bill for Mandatory
Meat and Poultry Recalls
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Friday, July 31,
week Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced S.1527, which would amend the Federal
Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to authorize
the Secretary of Agriculture to order the recall of meat and poultry
products that are adulterated, misbranded, or otherwise unsafe.
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency within the USDA, inspects
meat, poultry and processed egg products produced in federally inspected
plants. FSIS is responsible for ensuring that these products are
safe, wholesome and accurately labeled.
Food recalls are voluntary actions taken
by the manufacturer or distributor to protect the public from products that
may cause adverse health problems or otherwise do not comply with a
regulatory requirement and the purpose of the recall is to remove the
product from commerce so it cannot be consumed. Although meat and poultry
recalls typically are initiated by the manufacturer or distributor of the
meat or poultry, sometimes they occur at the request of FSIS.