Lincoln undecided on food safety legislation

Senator Lincoln is “struggling” with this issue. Or is she struggling with Farm Bureau? You decide, but it looks like valuable legislation.


S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, will refocus our food safety system on preventing illnesses and deaths from foodborne disease. Foodborne disease outbreaks in the past few years linked to FDA-regulated products, such as spinach, peppers, peanut butter products and cookie dough, highlight the need to bring the nation’s food safety laws into the 21st century.

S. 510 will protect the public by:
Requiring food processors to identify where contamination may occur in the food production process, and then requiring them to take steps to prevent the contamination;

Increasing FDA inspection of food-processing plants;

Basing inspection frequency on the risk of the product being produced;

Requiring imported food to meet the same safety standards as food produced in the U.S.;

Establishing science-based minimum standards for safe agricultural production of fresh produce and directing FDA to consult with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state agriculture departments on regulations to prevent the contamination of fresh produce;

Improving coordination across federal, state, and local governments and providing grants to build state and local capacity for foodborne illness detection, surveillance, laboratories, and response; and

Providing FDA with mandatory recall authority – something the agency does not currently have.


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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