IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 3, 2019
Mr. Cotton (for himself and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To prohibit the sale of food that is, or contains, unsafe poppy seeds.
This Act may be cited as the
Stephen Hacala Poppy Seed Safety Act.
Congress finds as follows:
Stephen Hacala was a 24-year-old from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who was dearly loved by family and friends when he died from morphine intoxication caused by consumption of contaminated poppy seeds.
More than a dozen people in the United States have been confirmed to have died from morphine overdoses from contaminated poppy seeds.
It is the purpose of this Act to prohibit the distribution and sale of contaminated poppy seeds in order to prevent harm, addiction, and further deaths from morphine-laced poppy seeds.
Unsafe poppy seeds as adulterants in food
Section 301 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 331) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Selling, or offering to sell, directly to consumers a food that is or contains poppy seeds, including concentrates, metabolites, constituents, or extracts of poppy seeds, that contain levels of morphine, codeine, or other alkaloid compounds that may render the food injurious to health.