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Lawmakers Create Bill to Unify Food Safety Agency (USA)

March 16, 2015

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro have introduced bills to unify all food safety agencies, solely intended to protect the public health. The Safe Food Act of 2015 would consolidate all the authorities for food safety inspections, enforcement and labeling into the Food Safety Administration, independent of any federal department.

The Act would provide the Food Safety Administration with mandatory recall authority for unsafe food, require risk assessments and preventive control plans to reduce adulteration, authorize enforcement actions to strengthen contaminant performance standards, improve foreign food import inspections, and require full food traceability to better identify sources of outbreaks.