May 7, 2007
FOOD SAFETY BILL INTRODUCED
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., introduced legislation May 1 that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to order mandatory recalls of adulterated food products, establish an early warning and notification system for both human and pet food, and establish fines for companies that don’t immediately report contaminated products.
The legislation would also direct FDA to establish a certification program with trading partners and inspect foreign food safety systems. It also gives FDA the authority to revoke certifications and deny importation of food that presents a public health risk. In addition, the provision would require companies to maintain records and make them accessible to FDA during an investigation.