Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) has introduced legislation to increase the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to police food, drugs, medical devices and cosmetics. The bill requires all facilities operating within the U.S., or importing food to the U.S., to register with FDA annually. The legislation also requires payment of a registration fee per facility to generate revenue to fund food-safety activities at FDA.
New authority will be given to FDA to issue mandatory recalls of tainted foods, and it strengthens fines imposed on food facilities that fail to comply with safety requirements. Also, the bill requires meat, poultry and seafood products to which carbon monoxide has been added to be labeled with a consumer notice that the freshness of the product should not be judged by color.
Additional food safety legislation is expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate this month.