Ask the House to Oppose the Food Safety Accountability Act of 2011!

The Senate just passed S.216, which is a tweaked version of last year’s Food Safety Accountability Act. We understand that there is some pressure to get a similar bill introduced in the House.

In this new bill, the ten-year jail term is reserved for violators of specific sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) who knowingly and intentionally defraud or mislead and do so with conscious or reckless disregard of a risk of death or serious bodily injury. And the jail term applies only to food violations; while the Senate Judiciary staff confirmed that it would exclude dietary supplements, the language in the bill does not explicitly say so, and the FDA (based on their past behavior) may not interpret it that way.

We also have concerns about the definition of the words “adulterated” and “misbranded,” which are so broad as to include citing current scientific studies about a food’s health-giving properties, or minor paperwork violations.

A House version of the The Food Safety Accountability Act of 2011 must address the vagueness in the language and carve out certain exemptions in the definition of misbranding and adulteration—or better yet, define them anew instead of referring to the extremely broad Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Please ask your representative to oppose any House bill that contains the same language.

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Please Oppose or Rewrite the Food Safety Accountability Act of 2011!

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