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US Senator Proposes Legislation on the Mandatory Recall Authority over Contaminated Meat and Poultry

June 16, 2015

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has proposed the Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act, giving the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) authority to recall contaminated meat and poultry.

The legislation also encourages retailers to use shopper reward cards to monitor purchases and notify customers who may have purchased recalled products, and requires a one-page Recall Summary Notice prominently displayed at points of sale in retail outlets.

If adopted, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is authorized to require companies to recall contaminated food and notify all related persons to cease all activities related to the recalled food. FSIS is also required to notify consumers as well as state and local health officials about an ongoing recall.

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