Food Safety Bill Approved By U.S. Senate

via cnn.com

Congress is wasting no time to quickly move legislation on hot topics. Senate bill S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, passed 73 to 25.

A version of the bill was passed by the House of Representatives in July of 2009 but had languished in the Senate, a fact that has angered some food safety advocates.
From CNN's Eatocracy, the bill will
  • The FDA would have the authority to issue direct recalls of foods that are suspected to be tainted, rather than relying on individual producers to voluntarily issue recalls.
  • Food producers would be required to develop written food safety plans, accessible by the government in case of emergency. These would include hazard analysis and a plan for implementing corrective measures.
  • The Secretary of Health and Human Services would be required to create a food tracing system that would streamline the process of finding the source of contamination, should an outbreak occur.
  • Importers would be required to verify the safety of all imported foods to make sure it's in accordance with U.S. food safety guidelines.