The FDA Food Safety Enhancement Act, known in the Senate as S. 510, recently passed by a vote of 73-25. Both Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) voted for the bill, notes the N.C. Agribusiness Council. Burr was one of the bills sponsors.
"Our nation's food safety system was designed over a century ago and was appropriate for a world in which most of our food was grown and processed domestically," said Sen. Burr. "I voted in support of S. 510 today because I believe it is important that we modernize and update our approach to food safety to address issues that stem from our increasingly global food supply. After months of discussion and debate, I am confident the final version will work for North Carolina and will protect small processors and farms."
The N.C. Agribusiness Council notes fees or importers and exporters in the Senate version may be a problem with some members in the House, since the Constitution requires all taxes to originate in the House. The Agribusiness Council also believes an amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Hagan could become problematic in the House since some may argue it gives small farms special treatment.
Find out more about this bill at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510