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S. 1016: Stephen Hacala Poppy Seed Safety Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 3, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1016

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 3, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To prohibit the sale of food that is, or contains, unsafe poppy seeds.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stephen Hacala Poppy Seed Safety Act.

2.

Findings; purpose

(a)

Findings

Congress finds as follows:

(1)

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.

(2)

More than a dozen people in the United States have been confirmed to have died from morphine overdoses from contaminated poppy seeds.

(b)

Purpose

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.

3.

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:

(fff)

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.

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