Text of the Food Safety Accountability Act of 2011

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on April 14, 2011 but was never passed by the House. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 15, 2011 (Referred to House Committee).

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1st Session

S. 216


April 15, 2011

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To increase criminal penalties for certain knowing and intentional violations relating to food that is misbranded or adulterated.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Food Safety Accountability Act of 2011.


Criminal penalties

Section 303(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 333(a)) is amended—


in paragraph (1), by striking Any and inserting Except as provided in paragraph (2) or (3), any;


in paragraph (2), by striking Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) of this section, if and inserting If; and


by adding at the end the following:


Any person who violates subsection (a), (b), (c), or (k) of section 301 with respect to any food—


knowingly and intentionally to defraud or mislead; and


with conscious or reckless disregard of a risk of death or serious bodily injury,

shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.


Passed the Senate April 4, 2011.

Nancy Erickson,