Wednesday the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee plans to mark up Senate Bill 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The bill requires all facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food to have in place risk-based preventive control plans to address identified hazards and prevent adulteration, and gives FDA access to these plans and relevant documentation.
A group of Senators, including the Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Ranking Member Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., are voicing support for this bill. They have reaffirmed their commitment to enact bipartisan, comprehensive legislation that will improve the quality of all food in the United States and better protect consumers and their families.
Senator Tom Harkin calls the bill a strong, bipartisan bill that will overhaul our current food safety system; a system that right now fails far too many American consumers. Harkin wants to see the bill come to the Senate floor soon and Enzi says the tools, the expert knowledge and the innovative spirit are available to find better and more reliable systems to protect the public health from contaminated food.