First Overhaul in 70 Years to Protect Public Health
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined the House of Representatives in approving H.R. 2751, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The bipartisan bill, providing sweeping protections to the nation’s food supply, will now move to the President’s desk for his signature.
“Consumers should be able to feel comfortable knowing the food they place on their kitchen table and pack in their children’s lunch is safe,” said Congressman Higgins. “The last time Congress took comprehensive steps to improve food safety was the 1930’s and an updated approach to how we protect consumers in today’s world is long overdue.”
The bill includes several consumer safety measures including:
- Requiring importers of foreign food to verify products meet U.S. safety standards;
- Improving traceability of food in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak;
- Creating a more accurate registry of food facilities and increases FDA inspections;
- Giving the FDA authority to recall food (under current law it must rely on companies to voluntarily pull products); and
- Protecting whistleblowers reporting safety violations.
In addition the bill protects small business and farmers by eliminating the registration fee on facilities in the food system and exempting those selling less than $500,000 from certain requirements.
Each year, 76 million Americans become sick and 5,000 die after consuming contaminated food. For more information on safe cooking and eating visit: