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111th Congress 2009-2010
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

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Update 12/9/10: By a 212-206 vote on December 8, the House passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act as an amendment to H.R. 3082 (the "Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011" to fund the government through September 2011). House Democrats attached what was S.510 to H.R. 3082 (see Division D). 



Sep 23, 2010 - S510: Senator Coburn on Underlying Problems

Sep 23, 2010 - S510 Revised: FDA Coming to a Farm Near You
More than ever S510 represents a major threat to the local food movement, states' autonomy to regulate food, and the country's ability to become self-sufficient in food production.

On August 12 the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the manager's package for S510", a revised version of the "FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that is 77 pages longer than the version of S510 that passed out of the HELP Committee last November.  [READ MORE

Sep 8 - Hour 2: Pete Kennedy of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund joins the Doug Stephan show. Local Food and the FDA. [LISTEN]

May 6, 2010 - Food Safety - The Worst of Both Bills (HR 2749 & S 510)
If S 510 (the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act) passes the Senate, there would be a conference committee between members of the House and Senate to draft a food safety bill that would combine provisions of S 510 and HR 2749 (the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009) into a final version of the bill.  The full House and Senate each would vote on this version of the bill to determine whether the food safety bill becomes law.  [READ MORE]

Jan 29, 2010 - Food Safety - Can FDA Be Trusted?
Aside from the question of whether the food safety bills before Congress will reduce the number of foodborne illnesses in the United States and promote the public health, there is also the consideration of whether the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will enforce the provisions of any food safety bill that passes in a way that will be in the best interest of the American people.  The agency’s history indicates that it will not.  [READ MORE



Dec 7 - S.510 - Tell Your Representative to Oppose

Nov 23 - Vote "NO" on Cloture & Oppose S.510

Nov 19 - CALL Your SENATORS ASAP - Implore Them to Oppose S.510

Nov 16 - URGENT S.510 Alert - Vote NO on Cloture

Nov 15 - Action Alert - Stop S.510

Apr 12 - Rescue Local/Organic Farming in the Food Safety Bill!

Mar 05  - 

Jan 07  - Senate Food Safety Bill


Nov 18 - Senate Food Safety Bill Moving Forward - CALL NOW!

Nov 10 - FTCLDF Alert about Food Safety Bill

Oct 30 - Senate Food Safety Bill


Oct 13 - FDA's Ace in the Hole 

Sep 27 - S. 510: 12 Reasons Why The Food Safety Bill From Hell Could Be Very Dangerous... 

Sep 25 - Senator Coburn expresses concerns over food safety bill S510 (video) 

Sep 23 - S510 Revised: FDA Coming to a Farm Near You 

Sep 21 - Farmer, consumer outcry helping to stop passage of draconian 'food safety' bill

Sep 17 - Reid: Food Safety Bill Is on Hold

Sep 16 - Food Safety Legislation Heading for the Senate Floor

Sep 16 - Breaking News: NEW “Food Safety” Threat—Urgent Action Alert!

Sep 16 - GOP senator says he will hold up food safety bill

Sep 16 - Food safety legislation won't mend regulatory divide

Sep 08 - FTCLDF President Pete Kennedy interview about S.510 and raw milk

Sep 01 - Legislation for Greater Agribusiness Empowerment

Aug 30 - Food safety bill would be bad for local farms

Aug 13 - Senators Announce Bill to Beef Up FDA

Aug 11 - Senate to hold staff briefing on food safety bill Thursday

Jun 02 - Other issues delay Senate food safety 

May 19 - Everyday Exposure to Dangerous Levels of Toxic Chemical BPA Unavoidable for U.S. Families

May 05 - Food Safety Bill Would Ban BPA

May 03 - New 'safety plan' would control what you eat

Apr 03 - Senate food safety bill doesn’t fit small producers

Mar 03 - Sen. Harkin Sees Floor Action Coming Soon on Food Safety Legislation


Nov 18 - Senate committee approves food safety bill

Nov 18 - Breaking News: Farmers, food, freedom under attack: S 510 food fascism threatens Americans

Oct 30 - Small-producer advocates resist safety bills

Oct 23 - FDA chief: Food safety overhaul a good first step, but more must be done

Oct 22 - Keeping America's Families Safe: Reforming the Food Safety System

Oct 22 - Bill giving FDA new powers to oversee food supply has wide support

Oct 22 - Senate hearing on food safety tomorrow; North Carolina plays role

Oct 08 -  USDA Joins FDA Efforts on New Food Safety Regulations

Oct 07 - The Food Safety Bill That Would Make Us Less Safe

Sep 03 - Food safety to wait on health care reform


12/8/2010: Instead of voting on S.510 in the House, the Democrats attached the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to House spending bill, H.R. 3082  (the "Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011"), as Division D of the bill.  The amended H.R. 3082 passed the House by a 212-206 vote .

11/30/2010:  After numerous votes on proposed amendments and various procedural motions since November 17, S.510 the Senate by a Yea-Nay vote of 73-25. This Senate version of S.510 includes the Tester Amendment.

11/17/2010:  Senator Reid's motion for Cloture of S.510 passes 75-25, limiting debate on S.510; click here for voting results.

9/22-23/2010:  Senator Reid attempts to get S510 added to the "Consent Calendar" to avoid floor debate on the bill. Senator Coburn raises legitimate concerns that have yet to be addressed by the bill's Sponsor.  See video, "Dr. Coburn Addresses Underlying Problems with S510"  

9/13/2010:  Senator Leahy introduces S3767, the "Food Safety Accountability Act of 2010" to impose stiff penalties for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which is proposed to be amended by S510. 

8/12/2010:  Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). Manager's Package released. Read Chairman Harkin's statement posted on the committee's website.

12/18/2009:  Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). Reported by Senator Harkin with an amendment in the nature of a substitute as S510_RS. Without written report.

12/18/2009:  Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 247.

11/18/2009:  Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.

3/3/2009:  S510_IS read twice and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). (text of measure as introduced: CR S2693-2705)

3/3/2009:  Introductory remarks by sponsor Senator Durbin on S510. (CR S2692-2693)




FDA Food Safety Modernization Act - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to expand the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to regulate food, including by authorizing the Secretary to suspend the registration of a food  facility.

Requires each food facility to evaluate hazards and implement preventive controls.

Directs the Secretary to assess and collect fees related to: (1) food facility  reinspection; (2) food recalls; and (3) the voluntary qualified importer program.

Requires the Secretary and the Secretary of Agriculture to prepare the National Agriculture and Food Defense Strategy.

Requires the Secretary to: (1) identify preventive programs and practices to promote the safety and security of food; (2) promulgate regulations on sanitary food transportation practices; (3) develop a policy to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools and early childhood education programs; (4) allocate inspection resources based on the risk profile of food facilities or food; (5) recognize bodies that accredit food testing laboratories; and (6) improve the capacity of the Secretary to track and trace raw agricultural commodities.

Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to enhance foodborne illness surveillance systems.

Authorizes the Secretary to order an immediate cessation of distribution, or a recall, of food.

Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist state, local, and tribal governments in preparing for, assessing, decontaminating, and recovering from an agriculture or food emergency.

Provides for: (1) foreign supplier verification activities; (2) a voluntary qualified importer program; and (3) the inspection of foreign facilities registered to import food. 


Sponsor(s): Sen Durbin, Richard [IL]

Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] - 3/3/2009 
Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] - 11/18/2009 
Sen Burr, Richard [NC] - 3/3/2009 
Sen Burris, Roland [IL] - 6/24/2009 
Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] - 3/4/2009 
Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT] - 3/3/2009 
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] - 11/30/2009 
Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] - 10/14/2009 
Sen Gregg, Judd [NH] - 3/3/2009 
Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] - 11/30/2009 
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] - 11/9/2009 
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] - 3/3/2009 
Sen Kaufman, Edward E. [DE] - 9/13/2010 
Sen Kennedy, Edward M. [MA] - 3/3/2009 
Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] - 3/4/2009 
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] - 9/13/2010 
Sen Nelson, E. Benjamin [NE] - 6/16/2010
Sen Udall, Tom [NM] - 7/28/2009 
Sen Vitter, David [LA] - 5/27/2010

Introductory Remarks March 3, 2010 by Sen. Durbin -
As printed in the Congressional Record [CR S2692] [CR S2693]

  By Mr. DURBIN (for himself, Mr. Gregg, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Burr, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Alexander, and Mr. Isakson):

   S. 510. A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

   Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, today I rise to introduce the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

   When I introduced this bill in the last Congress, we were in the middle of one of the largest food-borne illness outbreaks in the history of our country. Nearly 1500 people fell sick last spring and summer because of Salmonella Saintpaul, leading to a Government investigation that pointed the finger first at tomatoes and then at jalapeno peppers in Texas before settling on Serrano peppers in Mexico. In the meantime, more people got sick and the tomato industry lost up to hundreds of millions of dollars.

   Less than a year later, we find ourselves in the middle of yet another nationwide outbreak: peanut butter tainted with Salmonella, the second case of its kind in 2 years. There is not a day that goes by that we don't hear about another recalled peanut butter product or another person sick with Salmonella. More than 660 people have been sickened, half of them children. At least nine people are dead. Over 2,600 products have been recalled, in a recall that goes back to March 2005 and could continue for at least another couple of years, making this one of the biggest food recalls in our Nation's history.

   Unfortunately, these problems seem to be par for the course. In the last couple of years we have seen Salmonella in our peppers and peanut butter and E. coli in our spinach. Our food safety problems do not just start and stop at home: we have also seen chemically tainted pet food, milk products, and seafood from China.

   These problems are only the tip of the iceberg. Every year, more than 76 million Americans become sick because of a food-borne illness, 325,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die.

   It is clear that the Food and Drug Administration, who regulates these foods and 80 percent of our food supply, including virtually all food imports, can not keep up. The agency is underfunded and overwhelmed. It operates under an obsolete, largely reactive 1938 law. Its food safety program has not kept up with the dramatic changes in our food system, and it does a poor job of preventing and responding to food safety problems. As a result, consumers suffer and so do businesses something we can never afford, but especially in these trying economic times.

   Our food safety system is in crisis and it is time that we act. That's why Senator Gregg and I are introducing he FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill that gives the FDA the new authorities and resources it needs to stop food safety problems before they start. 
   For the first time in history, our bill gives the FDA a mandate to inspect: to increase the inspections at all food facilities, including annual inspections of high risk facilities. It requires the food industry to have in place plans that address identified hazards with the right preventive measures. It requires all testing and sampling for regulatory purposes to be done by labs accredited by the FDA, and requires those results to be sent to the agency. It also enables the FDA to more effectively respond to an outbreak by giving the agency new authorities to order recalls, shut down tainted facilities, and access records.

   This bill is proof that food safety is not a Democratic issue or a Republican one. Everyone eats. All Americans have a right to know that the food we buy for our families and our pets is safe. We should not have to worry about getting sick, or worse. If there's a problem, our Government should be able to catch it and fix it before people die.

   I thank Senators Kennedy, Dodd, Klobuchar, Burr, Alexander, and Chambliss for joining me in this effort. I also want to thank the consumer, public health, and industry groups who have helped us craft a strong bill for their support: Consumer Federation of America, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumers Union, Trust for America's Health, Grocery Manufacturers of America, American Feed Industry Association, American Frozen Food Institute, Food Marketing Institute, National Fisheries Institute, and American Spice Trade Association.

   This bill is a comprehensive, bipartisan effort that improves the FDA's ability to prevent, detect, and respond to food safety problems, whether this means Salmonella-tainted peanut butter from Georgia or melamine-spiked candy from China. It's the first step towards building a food safety system that is science and risk-based, accountable to consumers, more transparent, and focused on prevention. I urge my colleagues to support this bill.

   Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the text of the bill be printed in the RECORD.

111th Congress 2009-2010

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