Senator Durbin Likely to Introduce New Food Safety Legislation

The National Grain and Feed Association has reported to its members that Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), is likely to reintroduce food safety legislation next week.  Senator Durbin has introduced similar bills in prior Congresses.  Likely, co-sponsors include Senator Edward M. Kennedy, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee, and Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.  According to NGFA, the bill would require participants in the food chain to develop food safety plans to identify hazards that could adversely affect human or animal health.

Because of the peanut butter recall, there may be an attempt to take the bill straight to the Senate floor, bypassing committee hearings.