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FDA Food Safety Moderization Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. GREGG. Mr. President, I rise to speak briefly about S. 510, the FDA
Food Safety Modernization Act, which we will be voting on today.

This bill incorporates the best ideas from food safety experts, farmers, small business owners, the Bush administration's Food Protection Plan, the Obama administration's Food Safety Working Group, and Members on both sides of the aisle.When enacted, it will transform America's approach to food safety by emphasizing prevention and by strengthening our capacity to detect and rapidly respond when food safety emergencies occur in the future.

I would especially like to thank Senator Durbin for all of his efforts on the issue of food safety and his commitment to working on this issue in a bipartisan manner. We originally teamed up to begin this effort in the spring of 2008, and after numerous drafts and twist and turns, I am hopeful that we are close to getting this bill across the finish line.

None of this would have been possible without a core group of bipartisan Members who have helped shepherd this bill since its inception. Senator Burr has been a key leader on food defense issues and has worked tirelessly to ensure that this bill is not burdensome for small farmers and food producers. Senator Dodd, along with Senator Alexander, contributed greatly to the bill as a whole, and were instrumental in providing a key provision relating to the need for schools to be more prepared to protect children with life-threatening food allergies.

We have also been extremely fortunate to have the tireless support of both Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Enzi, who assisted in moving the bill through the HELP Committee with unanimous support roughly a year ago, and who, in the last year have helped us navigate our way to the floor.

Finally, I would like to thank our staffs who have put so much time into this legislative effort. Although it has been a long and sometimes arduous process, they have shown time and again that almost every problem is solvable when you get a group of hard working folks around a table. I would like to especially recognize and thank my own lead staffer on this bill, Liz Wroe, as well as the following:

Dave Lazarus, Candice Cho, and Albert Sanders with Senator Durbin; Jenny Ware, Jenn Alton, Josh Martin, Margaret Brooks, and Anna Abram with Senator Burr; Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, Tom Kraus, and Bill McConagha with Senator Harkin; Amy Muhlberg, Travis Jordan, Keith Flanagan, and Chuck Clapton with Senator Enzi; and Tamar Magarik Haro and Anna Staton with Senator Dodd.

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