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Senate Leaders Release Manager’s Package of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Thursday, August 12, 2010 Kate Cyrul/Harkin 202-224-3254 and Craig Orfield/Enzi 202-224-6770

Senate Leaders Release Manager’s Package of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Six Senate leaders have been negotiating in good faith: Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), authors of The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) and lead cosponsors Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Burr (R-NC). The bill is supported by dozens of industry and consumer organizations including the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Consumer Federation of America, the Grocery Manufacturers of America, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Restaurant Association and the Trust for America’s Health.

Please click the link ( to see the full manager’s package and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis.

Joint Statement:
“Any 100-year-old plus structure – like our nation’s food safety system – needs improvements,” said the lawmakers. “With this announcement today, we aim to not just patch and mend our fragmented food safety system, we hope to reinforce the infrastructure, close the gaps and create a systematic, risk-based and balanced approach to food safety in the United States”.

“The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will place more emphasis on prevention of food borne illness and will provide new tools to respond to food safety problems.

“We look forward to working with our respective leaderships to take up this bipartisan legislation as soon as possible.”

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