Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) and Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) have introduced bipartisan food safety legislation, “The Safe Food Enforcement, Assessment, Standards and Targeting Act.”

In a statement, Costa said, “Although American food still continues to be among the safest in the world, it’s not surprising that recent food safety problems have caused Americans to lose confidence in our nation’s ability to keep our food safe. We lack a system which ensures the best management practices and facilitates a strong relationship between federal and state agencies to better prevent and control food safety threats at all levels of food production. Quite simply, this legislation will help make the American consumer’s food supply even safer by preventing these problems before they occur.”
The legislation:

  • Requires all domestic and foreign companies selling food in the U.S. to conduct a food safety risk analysis that identifies potential sources of contamination, outlines appropriate food safety controls, and requires verification that the food safety controls implemented are adequate to address risks of food-borne contamination.
  • Grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to access food safety production records during emergencies and deny importation of goods if strict food safety standards are not met.
  • Directs FDA to adopt a risk-based approach to inspection, giving greater scrutiny to facilities posing greater risks.