The US House of Representatives has tied major food safety legislation to a government funding bill for the Senate's consideration before Congress concludes its final session of 2010.
The legislation would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to order a food recall and increase the frequency of its inspections. It would also require individual foodmakers to write a preventative plan regarding plant contamination. The food safety bill covers processed foods (including petfood), fruit and vegetables, but not meat.
Both chambers of Congress have approved a slightly different version of the bill but must agree on a single version before it can pass.
Committees discussed key proposals such as a possible shift in the oversight of animal feeds
The intent was to educate regulators and industry about the Model Pet Food Regulations
The mid-year meeting addressed several regulatory matters affecting petfoods
Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
Smaller lobbying groups employed most often to fight for clients' interests
What you need to keep your manufacturing line clean, safe and contaminant-free
The new US food safety legislation will also affect regulation of petfood
Measure now moves to House, where it is expected to pass
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