S. 3256 (96th): Food Safety and Quality Amendments of 1980

Dec 05, 1980 (96th Congress, 1979–1980)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Herman Talmadge
Senator from Georgia

This bill was introduced on December 5, 1980, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Dec 05, 1980
Referred to Committee Dec 05, 1980
Full Title

A bill to assure the safety and quality of our Nation's meat, poultry, and egg products by providing the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to quarantine animals if he believes they may contain illegal residue levels; to strengthen the enforcement power of the Secretary under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act, and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 by providing authority to withdraw inspection services under certain conditions; to levy civil penalties for certain violations; and to provide consistent standards and penalties for bribery.


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Food Safety and Quality Amendments of 1980 -
Title I - Withdrawal of Inspection
Amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act to permit the Secretary of Agriculture to withdraw inspection service under such Acts for violations connected with transactions in drugs and for the repeated failure of an applicant or recipient to comply with sanitation or other requirements of such Acts.
Title II - Civil Penalties
Increases criminal penalties for violations of such Acts. Establishes civil penalties for violations for which there is no criminal penalty. Sets forth hearing and review procedures under such Acts.
Title III - Residue Prevention
Amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to authorize the Secretary to quarantine any cattle, sheep, swine, goat, horse, mule, or other equine or any carcass, part thereof, meat or meat food product, poultry or poultry product which the Secretary has reason to believe may contain any unlawful residue.
Authorizes such detention until the order is revoked or the articles containing such residue are destroyed.
Sets forth hearing procedures for those adversely affected by the Secretary's determination.
Authorizes the Secretary to require poultry slaughterers to identify the ownership of such poultry.
Title IV - Bribery
Amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, and the Egg Products Inspection Act to establish criminal penalties for bribing officials performing duties prescribed under such Acts.
Title V - General Provisions
Provides for the separability of the provisions of this Act.

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