The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee this week passed S. 510, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act, by a voice vote. It was a pro forma session that allowed for members to make statements, and the bill was reported out of committee with no votes on amendments. S. 510 would increase government oversight of the food sector by expanding the FDA authority with mandatory recalls, increased inspection rates, collection of fees and require all facilities to have a food safety plan.
"The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) was one of 26 national agricultural groups that voiced its commitment to providing safe, abundant and affordable food and feed for U.S. and world consumers," said Glen Fisher, ASI president. "Our organizations believe the science- and risk-based principles S. 510 embodies provide a solid basis on which to build a more prevention-based approach to food and feed safety."