US SB287 | 2015-2016 | 114th Congress

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)
Status: Introduced on January 28 2015 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2015-01-28 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. (text of measure as introduced: CR S591-600)
Pending: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, And Forestry Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Safe Food Act of 2015 This bill establishes the Food Safety Administration (FSA) as an independent agency to administer and enforce food safety laws. The functions of specified federal agencies that relate to the administration or enforcement of food safety laws are transferred to the FSA. The FSA is directed to: promulgate regulations to protect the food supply from contamination; implement federal food safety inspection, labeling, enforcement, and research efforts to protect the public health; develop consistent and science-based standards for safe food; prioritize federal food safety efforts and deployment of resources to achieve the greatest benefit in reducing foodborne illness; administer a national food safety program based on an analysis of the hazards associated with different foods and the processing of different foods; require that all food and feed facilities register before operation or importation of food, feed, or ingredients; establish an accreditation system for foreign governments seeking to certify food for importation to the United States; establish requirements for tracing food and animals from point of origin to retail sale; establish and administer a food safety technology program to foster innovations with the potential to improve food safety; maintain or access an active surveillance system of food and epidemiological evidence; establish a sampling system to monitor contaminants in food; rank categories of food based on their health hazard; establish a national public education campaign on food safety; and conduct research relating to food safety. This bill includes provisions regarding prohibited acts, recall authority, penalties for violations of food safety laws, whistle-blower protection, and civil actions.

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Title

Safe Food Act of 2015

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History

DateChamberAction
2015-01-28SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. (text of measure as introduced: CR S591-600)

Same As/Similar To

HB609 (Same As) 2015-01-30 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Subjects

Administrative law and regulatory procedures
Administrative remedies
Advanced technology and technological innovations
Agricultural trade
Agriculture and food
Animal and plant health
Business records
Civil actions and liability
Congressional oversight
Consumer affairs
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Health and Human Services
Employment discrimination and employee rights
Executive agency funding and structure
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Food industry and services
Food supply, safety, and labeling
Fraud offenses and financial crimes
Government information and archives
Government studies and investigations
Health promotion and preventive care
Intergovernmental relations
Licensing and registrations
Livestock
Meat
Medical research
Research administration and funding
Seafood
State and local government operations
Trade restrictions
Veterinary medicine and animal diseases

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