USDA Proposes ‘Test-and-Hold’ Policy for Meat and Poultry Products

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON, April 5, 2011—Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a “test-and-hold” requirement designed to reduce recalls of unsafe meat and poultry products. Under the proposed requirement, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has the authority to hold questionable products from the market until FSIS test results for adulterants are known. Current procedures request but do not require… more

Senate Passes Sweeping Law on Food Safety

By Gardiner Harris and William Neuman WASHINGTON, November 30, 2010—The Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food safety system on Tuesday, after tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach sickened thousands of people in the last few years and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight. The legislation, which passed by a vote of 73 to 25, would greatly strengthen the Food… more

Senator Feinstein Introduces Legislation to Protect Consumers from Harmful Food Pathogens

Bill reforms nation’s food inspection system Washington, D.C. -Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced legislation to require that food producers take responsibility for keeping food free from harmful pathogens. The bill would amend the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the sale of any food that has not been certified to be… more

Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 Summary H.R. 875

Title: To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 2/4/2009) Cosponsors (40) Latest Major Action: 4/23/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred… more