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Two Americas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:03 PM
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22. from Food and Water Watch
Here are a few things that H.R. 875 DOES do:

- It addresses the most critical flaw in the structure of FDA by splitting it into 2 new agencies one devoted to food safety and the other devoted to drugs and medical devices.

- It increases inspection of food processing plants, basing the frequency of inspection on the risk of the product being produced but it does NOT make plants pay any registration fees or user fees.

- It does extend food safety agency authority to food production on farms, requiring farms to write a food safety plan and consider the critical points on that farm where food safety problems are likely to occur.

- It requires imported food to meet the same standards as food produced in the U.S.

And just as importantly, here are a few things that H.R. 875 does NOT do:

- It does not cover foods regulated by the USDA (beef, pork, poultry, lamb, catfish.)
- It does not establish a mandatory animal identification system.
- It does not regulate backyard gardens.
- It does not regulate seed.
- It does not call for new regulations for farmers markets or direct marketing arrangements.
- It does not apply to food that does not enter interstate commerce (food that is sold across state lines).
- It does not mandate any specific type of traceability for FDA-regulated foods (the bill does instruct a new food safety agency to improve traceability of foods, but specifically says that recordkeeping can be done electronically or on paper.)

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/food/foodsafety/background-on-h-r-875
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