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House Committee Passes Food Safety Measure with Significant Change for Dairy

Jun 22, 2009

As IDFA member representatives convened for Washington Conference last Wednesday, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee approved new food safety legislation that cuts the proposed user fee to $500 per facility and scales back expectations for mandating traceability in the near future. In addition, IDFA successfully advocated for milk and dairy products to be removed from the category of products that are considered high food-safety risks. "Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) played a key role in moving this change forward," said Ruth Saunders, IDFA senior director of policy and legislative affairs. The bill, an amended version of The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, will now move to the U.S. House for a floor vote perhaps as early as July.

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