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Food Safety Bill Heads to President’s Desk

Ending a dramatic months-long legislative limbo, the House approved major food safety legislation 215-144 Tuesday.  The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the first significant reform since 1938 of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of the food supply, is expected to be signed by President Obama before Christmas. The bill survived a near-fatal constitutional… Continue Reading

House Expected to Approve Food Safety Bill Today

The House is expected to approve major food safety legislation today. Though many on Capitol Hill pronounced the bill dead last week, the measure bounced back to life over the weekend when the Senate unanimously–and quite unexpectedly– advanced the beleaguered bill late Sunday night. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which would, for the first… Continue Reading

Sunday Surprise: Senate Passes Food Safety Bill

The food safety bill–S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act–which some had given up for dead, was revived late Sunday attached to a shell bill and passed unanimously just before the Senate adjourned for the day. The bill, with the Tester/Hagan small farm exemption intact, now goes back to the House.  The action will likely… Continue Reading

Sen. Hagan Touts Support for Small Farms

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) emphasized her support for small farmers Monday at the 75th annual convention of the North Carolina Farm Bureau in Greensboro, NC.            “Whether it’s our large commodity producers or our small, local producers, it is a credit to all of our farmers’ hard work and diligence that agriculture remains such a robust… Continue Reading

Once GOP is in the Kitchen, Food Safety is Toast

Over the last two years, food producers large and small, consumer and public health groups, and Congressional leaders have come together to support legislation that would bring the most significant update to food safety laws in seven decades.  To the chagrin of everyone who worked hard to get S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization… Continue Reading

Constitutional Slip Up Adds Uncertainty to S. 510

A serious constitutional snafu is threatening to derail pending food safety legislation, which passed the Senate by a 3-1 margin early Tuesday. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510, would be the most significant update of food safety laws in over seven decades, but it has become clear that the Senate made a potentially… Continue Reading

S. 510 Reaction: Lots of Yeas, a Few Nays

While the Senate vote on S 510 was somewhat divided, 73 yeas to 25 nays, the response from interest groups appears to be mostly supportive.  Here’s a sampling of responses received by Food Safety News staff: Elizabeth Hitch, Public Health Advocate, US Public Interest Research Group: “According to the CDC, one in four Americans get… Continue Reading

S. 510: Some of the Details

Here’s a summary of what’s in the Senate food safety bill, from sponsor Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), as well as what’s needed to reconcile it with the House version, from the Congressional Research Service: Who’s covered:  Producers of all domestic and imported food products, including seafood, fish and shellfish, except meat and poultry and some… Continue Reading

S. 510 Opinion: Protect Small Farms

The nation’s biggest fresh produce handlers, distributors and retailers received a gift last week when Food Safety News published an apparently long-planned Q&A with Bob Whitaker, Chief Science Officer for the Produce Marketing Association.  Dr. Whitaker used this opportunity to decry the supposedly grave threat to public safety from small farms that will escape the… Continue Reading

S. 510 Opinion: No Free Passes

I’ve been worrying over some of the provisions of this bill, especially since some of my friends in small production agriculture are so dead set against it.  They believe that the food safety requirements are an onerous encroachment on our freedom to produce, purchase and eat anything we want. “It will kill back yard gardens,”… Continue Reading