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Draft Kennedy Food Safety Bill

Posted: June 2, 2008

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The proposal would have a new section to allow FDA to require from the competent authority of an exporting country a certification that the FDA food safety standards are met before a shipment of a food from that country can be imported to the United States. Other countries currently require food imported from the United States to have an FDA certificate and this proposal gives the FDA reciprocal authority. 

The FDA would also be authorized to recall any food that may cause serious illness or death. The FDA would then request a company to either cease distribution and sale of the food or recall the food before it can order the company to recall it. 

Click here to download (doc 47 KB) the summary of the draft legislation. (Source: FEMA)