US Proposals For Food Safety Legislation  

Introduced on June 8, 2009, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 makes amendments to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. This will allow for proper governing and checking of food safety.

Because of the Food Safety Legislation, the following will be required from each food facility:

  • Conduct a hazard analysis
  • Implement preventive controls
  • Implement a food safety plan.


In addition, the legislation requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to:

  • Issue science-based performance standards to minimize the hazards from food-borne contaminants
  • Establish science-based standards for raw agricultural commodities
  • Inspect facilities at a frequency determined pursuant to a risk-based schedule
  • Establish a food tracing system
  • Assess fees relating to food facility re-inspection and food recall
  • Establish a program for accreditation of laboratories that perform analytical testing of food for import or export.

         The Secretary would be authorized to order an immediate cessation of distribution, or a recall, of food; establish an importer verification program; and quarantine food in any geographic area within the United States.

In order to facilitate safety of food, the legislation has ensured that the term "color additive" now includes carbon monoxide as it may affect the color of fresh meat, poultry products, or seafood.

Further, requires country of origin labeling on food and annual registration of importers. It also provides for unique identifiers for food facilities and food importers; deems a food to be adulterated if an inspection is delayed or refused; requires the Secretary to establish a corps of inspectors dedicated to inspections of foreign food facilities.

The legislation also sets forth provisions governing the reorganization of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) field laboratories and district offices. Gives the Commissioner of Food and Drugs Administration the authority to subpoena in regard to a food proceeding.

The legislation now offers protection to whistleblowers.

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