Bills have been introduced to both the House and Senate this past year.
The NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force, Working Group #3 ( made up primarily of growers and respective supporting agriculture and marketing industries) is currently working on getting the word out and getting feedback from representative groups. This group is co-chaired by Debbie Hamrick, NC Farm Bureau, and Ben Chapman, NCSU. A special thank you to Debbie Hamrick and Jake Parker of the NC Farm Bureau for providing some of the amendment documentation below.
In order to better understand the bill introduced, I have posted the website below with instruction on how to access the respective bills.
The website to use is: http://thomas.loc.gov/.
Search under the “Bill Number” in the middle column. Use the search names of S 510 and H 2749.
Once that page comes up, click on the “Text of Legislation”. You will want the text from the “Reported” file or the “Engrossed As Agreed”.
House Bill 2749 – Food Safety enhancement Act of 2009. This bill passed in the House in July 2009. Please look through bill but big headers to look for include: USDA Exemptions, Annual Registration of Food Facilities, Facility registration fee, Hazard analysis, risk-based preventive controls, food safety plan, finished product test results, traceability of food, importers of food.
Senate Bill 510 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act . This bill is in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee were amendments to the bill are being considered. Several of the amendments include food tracing systems, nutrition claims made on baby formula, and food labeling. Others might include the Harkin substitute amendment and 3 others, two of which are offered by Senator Burr. The Senate version of the bill is less invasive but will still be a regulation. Please again look at the bill in entirety but specifically in the same headers as mentioned above in the House bill.
Of course, more information on Fresh Produce Safety can be found on www.ncmarketready.org, click on “Fresh Produce Safety” on l-hand column.