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Text of the Halal and Kosher Food Act of 2013

This bill was introduced on April 25, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 25, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 811

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 25, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

A BILL

To amend the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 to provide for the increased purchase of Kosher and Halal food and to modify the labeling of the commodities list under the emergency food assistance program to enable Kosher and Halal food bank operators to identify which commodities to obtain from local food banks.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Halal and Kosher Food Act of 2013 .

2.

Purchase of Halal and Kosher food for emergency food assistance program

Section 202of theEmergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (7 U.S.C. 7502) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(h)

Kosher and Halal food

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this subsection, theSecretaryshall finalize and implement a plan—

(1)

to increase the purchase of Kosher and Halal food from food manufacturers with a Kosher or Halal certification to carry out the program established under this Act if the Kosher and Halal food purchased is cost neutral as compared to food that is not from food manufacturers with a Kosher or Halal certification; and

(2)

to modify the labeling of the commodities list used to carry out the program in a manner that enables Kosher and Halal food bank operators to identify which commodities to obtain from local food banks.

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