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on June 17, 2009

US food safety bill worries pork producers

The act would also allow the FDA to write safety standards for on-farm issues.

Pork producers expressed concern over provisons of the food safety reform legislation – approved by a U.S. House subcommittee on June 10 – which will give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to conduct on-farm inspections, quarantine geographic areas and create a farm-to-fork tracing system, according to a press release by the National Pork Producers Council.

The Food Safety and Enhancement Act 2009 would also allow the FDA to write safety standards for on-farm issues. Food from farms would be considered adulterated if the operations did not follow the standards outlined by the FDA.

The NPPC called the legislation a recipe for disaster saying it gives broad authority to an agency which lacks the expertise to address on-farm issues.

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