Federal Legislation

Federal Legislation

The Safe FEAST Act of 2008

The Safe FEAST Act of 2008 introduced by Reps. Jim Costa (D-CA) and Adam Putnam (R-FL) amends the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to place new mandatory food safety requirements on farm and food companies, to improve the safety of imported food, and to give FDA new powers to recall contaminated food. Americans continue to enjoy the safest food supplies in the world, but rising food imports and changing consumer preferences pose new challenges. The Safe FEAST Act of 2008 will modernize our food safety net, including new requirements to identify and prevent potential sources of food-borne illness. The Safe FEAST Act of 2008 will:

  • Establish tough mandatory safety standards for fruits and vegetables. In particular, the bill will give FDA the power to establish mandatory safety standards for specific fruits and vegetables – when risk and science demonstrate standards are needed. FDA would work with states to ensure that standards are being met and to consider ways to tailor those standards to meet local growing conditions.
  • Require food companies to complete a food safety plan. In particular, the bill will require that every food company conducts a food safety risk analysis that identifies potential sources of contamination, identifies appropriate food safety controls, and documents those controls in a food safety plan subject to FDA review if adulterated food is introduced into commerce.
  • Require food importers to complete a foreign supplier food safety plan. In particular, the bill will require that food importers document the food safety measures and controls being implemented by their foreign suppliers, and will require food importers to make a foreign supplier food safety plan available to FDA.
  • Build the capacity of foreign governments. In particular, the bill will direct FDA to develop a plan to help build the scientific and regulatory capacity of major exporters to the U.S. In addition, the bill will create a registry of private laboratories that meet FDA standards.
  • Adopt a risk-based approach to inspections at the border. The bill will enlist the private sector to identify those imports that deserve greater scrutiny and those imports that pose little or no meaningful risk. In particular, the bill will create a voluntary program to give expedited access to imports that pose no meaningful risk, according to FDA.
  • Give FDA mandatory recall power. In particular, our bill will give FDA the power to order a recall when a company has refused to conduct a voluntary recall and the food poses a risk of adverse health consequences.

For more information, visit www.costa.house.gov and http://adamputnam.house.gov/Food_Safety.shtml

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