Safe Food Act of 2007

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The Safe Food Act of 2007 was introduced after deadly outbreaks of E. coli and other food-borne pathogens in the U.S. It would create a Food Safety Administration responsible for ensuring the security of the food supply from all forms of contamination.

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House

The House version of the bill (H.R.1148) was introduced on February 16, 2007 by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) with 15 cosponsors (listed below), all Democrats. The measure was referred both to the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.[1] It is nearly identical to the Food Safety Act of 2005.


Senate

The Senate version (S.654) was introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on February 15, 2007. [3][4] The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and has since received two additional co-sponsors, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).[5]

Durbin spoke out on the importance of the creation of a Food Safety Administration, stating "Currently, there are at least 12 different federal agencies and 35 different laws governing food safety. With overlapping jurisdictions, federal agencies often lack accountability on food safety-related issues." [6][7]


Past legislation

Food Safety Act of 2005

On April 6, 2005, Rep. DeLauro introduced H.R.1507[8] along with 13 cosponsors:

The stated purpose of the bill was "to establish the Food Safety Administration to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes." The bill was referred to the House Subcommittee on Health. No further action was taken. [9]

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a companion bill, S.729[10], with cosponsors Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).[11] The bill was read twice and referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. No further action was taken.

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References

  1. THOMAS page on H.R.1148, THOMAS.
  2. THOMAS page on H.R.1148 Cosponsors, THOMAS.
  3. Durbin, Delauro introduce new food safety bill in wake of widening recalls, Sen. Dick Durbin Official Website.
  4. Lawmakers push for change in food safety oversight CNN. May 18, 2007.
  5. OpenCongress: S.654
  6. Durbin, Delauro introduce new food safety bill in wake of widening recalls, Sen. Dick Durbin Official Website.
  7. Lawmakers push for change in food safety oversightCNN. May 18, 2007.
  8. THOMAS page on H.R.1507, THOMAS.
  9. THOMAS page on H.R.1507, THOMAS.
  10. THOMAS page on S.729, THOMAS.
  11. THOMAS page on S.729 Cosponsors, THOMAS.

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