A bipartisan group of Senators has submitted a substitute for S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which was introduced March 3, 2009. In announcing the substitute bill the Senators said they aim to not just patch and mend the fragmented food safety system, but hope to reinforce the infrastructure, close the gaps and create a systematic, risk-based and balanced approach to food safety in the United States.
The bill is designed to place more emphasis on prevention of food borne illness and will provide new tools to respond to food safety problems. The bill is based on negotiations by Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Ranking Member Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the authors of original FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and lead cosponsors Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Richard Burr, R-N.C.
The bill is supported by dozens of industry and consumer organizations including the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Consumer Federation of America, the Grocery Manufacturers of America, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Restaurant Association and the Trust for America's Health.