IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 11, 2019
Mrs. Gillibrand introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
To prevent childhood exposure to chlorpyrifos through certain school meal programs.
This Act may be cited as the
Safe School Meals for Kids Act.
Preventing childhood dietary exposure to chlorpyrifos
Beginning with the 2018–2019 school year, the Secretary of Agriculture (referred to in this section as the Secretary) shall phase out all food that has been treated with, or has levels in excess of the threshold established by the Secretary under subsection (b)(1) of, chlorpyrifos residue in food—
in school meals provided under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.);
in school meals provided under the school breakfast program established by section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773); and
provided by the Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall—
establish a threshold for chlorpyrifos for the food described in subsection (a) of not more than .001 micrograms of chlorpyrifos per kilogram of food, as the Secretary determines to be necessary;
provide guidance, in consultation with State and local educational agencies, to eliminate chlorpyrifos from meals provided by schools, which may include guidance or criteria related to food procurement or supply contract policies;
periodically update the guidance described in paragraph (2); and
provide technical assistance to State and local educational agencies to enforce the requirements of this section.
Review by the Secretary
Not later than January 1, 2020, and every 2 years thereafter until January 1, 2028, the Secretary shall conduct a review to evaluate whether, based on reports provided by State and local educational agencies, any of the food described in subsection (a) exceeds the threshold for chlorpyrifos established by the Secretary under subsection (b)(1).