S. 510 (111th): FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Introduced:
Mar 03, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Status:
Died (Passed Senate)
See Instead:

H.R. 2751 (same title)
Signed by the President — Jan 04, 2011

This bill was superseded by H.R. 2751. On Sunday, December 19, the text of S. 510 replaced the original text of H.R. 2751, and the bill passed by voice vote. ... (read more)

Sponsor
Richard Durbin
Senior Senator from Illinois
Party
Democrat
Text
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Last Updated
Nov 30, 2010
Length
242 pages
Related Bills
S. 3385 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 31, 2008

H.R. 2751 (Related)
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Signed by the President
Jan 04, 2011

 
Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on November 30, 2010 but was never passed by the House.

Progress
Introduced Mar 03, 2009
Referred to Committee Mar 03, 2009
Reported by Committee Nov 18, 2009
Passed Senate Nov 30, 2010
 
Full Title

A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply.

Summary

No summaries available.

Votes
Nov 17, 2010 11:32 a.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 74/25
Nov 18, 2010 5:59 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 57/27
Nov 30, 2010 10:09 a.m.
Bill Passed 73/25

Cosponsors
21 cosponsors (13D, 8R) (show)
Committees

House Homeland Security

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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GovTrack’s Bill Summary

This bill was superseded by H.R. 2751. On Sunday, December 19, the text of S. 510 replaced the original text of H.R. 2751, and the bill passed by voice vote. H.R. 2751, originally the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act, passed the House in June 2009 and was a "vehicle" for the passage of S. 510 in a House-originating bill because S. 510 was a revenue-raising bill. All revenue-raising bills must originate in the House.

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


11/30/2010--Passed Senate amended.
(This summary will be expanded.)
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act -
Title I - Improving Capacity to Prevent Food Safety Problems
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to expand the food safety activities of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), including to authorize the Secretary to inspect records related to food.
Exempts certain establishments that sell food directly to consumers, such as roadside stands, farmers markets or participants in a community supported agriculture program, from specified requirements of this Act.
Requires each owner, operator, or agent in charge of a food facility to identify and implement preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent hazards that could affect food manufactured, processed, packed, or held by such facility. Sets forth provisions governing exemptions from such requirements for certain facilities.
Requires the Secretary to: (1) issue guidance documents to reduce the risk from the most significant foodborne contaminants; and (2) establish minimum standards for the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables based on known safety risks. Authorizes the Secretary to issue exemptions and variances from such standards.
Directs the Secretary to assess and collect fees related to: (1) food facility reinspection; (2) food recalls; (3) the voluntary qualified importer program; and (4) importer reinspection.
Directs the Secretary to develop voluntary food allergy and anaphylaxis management guidelines for schools and early childhood education programs.
Title II - Improving Capacity to Detect and Respond to Food Safety Problems
Requires the Secretary to: (1) allocate resources to inspect facilities and imported food according to the known safety risks of the facilities or food; and (2) establish a product tracing system to track and trace food that is in the United States or offered for import into the United States.
Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to enhance foodborne illness surveillance systems to improve the collection, analysis, reporting, and usefulness of data on foodborne illnesses.
Gives the Secretary the authority to order a recall of an article of food.
Title III - Improving the Safety of Imported Food
Requires U.S. importers to perform risk-based foreign supplier verification activities to verify that imported food is produced in compliance with applicable requirements related to hazard analysis and standards for produce safety and is not adulterated or misbranded.
Requires the Secretary to establish a program to expedite review and importation of food offered for importation by U.S. importers who have voluntarily agreed to participate in such program.
Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) require a certification that an article of food imported or offered for import complies with applicable requirements of this Act; and (2) enter into arrangements and agreements with foreign governments to facilitate the inspection of registered foreign facilities. Requires food to be refused admission into the United States if permission to inspect the food facility is denied by the facility owner, operator, or agent or the foreign country.
Sets forth provisions governing the establishment of a system to recognize bodies that accredit third-party auditors and audit agents to certify that foreign entities meet applicable FFDCA requirements for importation of food into the United States.
Title IV - Miscellaneous Provisions
Authorizes appropriations for FY2011-FY2015 for the activities of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the Center for Veterinary Medicine, and related field activities in the Office of Regulatory Affairs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Directs the Secretary to increase the field staff of such Centers and Office.
Establishes whistleblower's protections for employees of entities involved in the manufacturing, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or importation of food who provide information relating to any FFDCA violation.

House Republican Conference Summary

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