News update:Aug 4, 2009

US: Food safety bill, no antibiotics rules

The US House of Representatives has passed the food safety legislation without including new rules for the use of antibiotics in livestock.

The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the framework for a risk-based inspection system and move the agency toward a preventive approach to food safety regulation. The bill would give the FDA new authorities to address food-borne-illness outbreaks and regulate processors' record keeping in hopes of more easily identifying these outbreaks.

Including the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 (PAMTA) would ban from use in livestock and poultry animal health products that are used to prevent and control diseases – much like legislation which has been existing in the EU since January 1, 2006.

Natalie Berkhout

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