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Roskam Applauds House Passage of Food Safety Legislation

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Location: Washington, DC

Roskam Applauds House Passage of Food Safety Legislation

"Ensuring that our food supply is safe and secure is not a partisan issue, it's an American issue."

Congressman Peter Roskam today released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, which incorporated many of the principles included in H.R. 999, food safety legislation authored by Mr. Roskam:

"This is a long time coming, but I'm proud to support this bipartisan effort to meaningfully enhance the safety of our nation's food supply. Ensuring that our food supply is safe and secure is not a partisan issue, it's an American issue.

The legislation my colleagues and I advanced today will help prevent future food safety crises by requiring greater inspections and testing disclosure of domestic and imported foods as well as enacting additional safeguards for imported foods. These include requiring all importers to be registered, meet domestic food safety standards, and have procedures in place to take corrective action if issues arise."

Congressman Roskam has been a leader on national food safety issues, including authoring H.R. 999, The Keeping America's Food Safe Act of 2009.

H.R 2749 incorporates numerous principles of Roskam's legislation including:

Requiring greater reporting of potential contaminations to the FDA that may pose adverse consequences or death threat to humans or animals
Requiring importers to register with the FDA, ensure the integrity of the supply chain and personnel involved in production, be able to take corrective action in the instance of non-compliance, and be subject to food safety test result disclosure.

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