Bill to Improve Food Safety Introduced

Bill to Improve Food Safety Introduced

Chambliss and Klobuchar put bill forward in Senate.

The Ranking Member of the Senate Ag Committee Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced the Food Safety Rapid Response Act of 2009 on Tuesday. The bill, which complements the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 introduced in March, calls for an increase in participation of public health and food regulatory agencies and laboratories to share findings and develop a centralized database. The measure was created to promote a more effective national response to outbreaks of food-borne sickness.


Senator Chambliss says the recent nationwide salmonella outbreak demonstrates the need for better coordination between public health agencies when responding to a food-safety crisis. Chambliss says this legislation will expedite needed improvements to identifying and responding to food-borne illnesses throughout the country. Klobuchar says the government can save lives and money by strengthening the nation's food safety system.

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