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senate Bill S. 1332

Preventing Foodborne Illness From Poultry, Meat, and Eggs

Argument in favor

The government needs to update the regulations that ensure contaminated food products are not sold to people in the U.S. Private profit-driven food companies don't care about getting people sick, but the government should.

Alis's Opinion
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07/02/2015
I quit eating poultry after getting sick on chicken many times. Congress passing the law so that we don't know where meat originates put the nail in the coffin. I no longer eat meat--unless I buy it from a farmer directly. Our food system needs attention. QUICKLY!
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Marvin's Opinion
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06/24/2015
Absolutely! If a country sells a tainted product that might harm American consumers, a ban on their product should be enforced. No salmon or chicken from China!
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Scott's Opinion
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01/25/2016
This is first world/3rd world stuff. What kind of country do you want to live in? Me, I don't want to live in Somalia. No offense to Somalians.
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Argument opposed

All the labeling in the world won't protect every person in the U.S. from foodborne illnesses. Things like E. Coli and Salmonella are impossible to completely control. Tighter contamination laws would only heavily burden meat and egg producers.

Maureen's Opinion
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08/03/2015
The US just passed a law allowing meat to no longer have country of origin labels. Why make US companies jump through hoops if you're not willing to make foreign countries do the same? Canada still requires country of origin labels on their meat.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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04/02/2016
No amount of government bureaucracy can change how a disease acts. Focus on things you can change or reinforce.
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SherryTX's Opinion
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07/22/2015
This is stupid. Oversight would cost a fortune and with. The fines imposed it would be nothing short of a revenue witch hunt.
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What is Senate Bill S. 1332?

The bill establishes a “pathogen reduction performance standard,” or a series of steps to reign in food contamination. Distributors and processors of meat/poultry/egg products would be required to date and label their products at all stages of production. This labeling requirement is part of a larger goal to trace foodborne illness when there is an outbreak. 


The Department of Agriculture would also be mandated to publish information on the list of most common pathogens contributing to foodborne illnesses.


Any individual or company that fails to comply with this bill's requirements could face a penalty of $10,000 for each offense. Those convicted of misbranding eggs/meat products could face criminal penalties, imprisonment, and a $25,000 fine. For all those whistleblowers out there in the meat and poultry business, S.1502 also has built in protections for those who speak up against offenders. 

Impact

People who eat meat/poultry/egg products, slaughterhouses, meat processing and distribution establishments, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Agriculture, foreign companies that export meat and poultry into the U.S.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1332

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, according to the bill text, S. 1502's implementation would not be allowed to spend more than what money is already allocated to the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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Of Note: 

Sponsoring Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand claims that roughly 128,000 people are e hospitalized every year because of a foodborne illness. She also cites from the CDC that every year, one in every six Americans will suffer from a foodborne illness each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


Three organizations lobbied on S.1502 including the Center of Science for Public Interest, Food and Water Watch, and the Advanced Biofuel Association.


Media: 

DataInnovation.org


(Photo Credit: Flickr user USDAgov )

AKA

Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to protect against foodborne illnesses, provide enhanced notification of recalled meat, poultry, eggs, and related food products, and for other purposes.

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    IntroducedMay 13th, 2015
    The US just passed a law allowing meat to no longer have country of origin labels. Why make US companies jump through hoops if you're not willing to make foreign countries do the same? Canada still requires country of origin labels on their meat.
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    No amount of government bureaucracy can change how a disease acts. Focus on things you can change or reinforce.
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    I quit eating poultry after getting sick on chicken many times. Congress passing the law so that we don't know where meat originates put the nail in the coffin. I no longer eat meat--unless I buy it from a farmer directly. Our food system needs attention. QUICKLY!
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    This is stupid. Oversight would cost a fortune and with. The fines imposed it would be nothing short of a revenue witch hunt.
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    We destroyed the tomato crop in California because of a small cilantro contamination in Mexico. We are doing a similar thing to the egg and chicken and turkey business right now. Doesn't that suggest we are zealous enough and sufficiently empowered with regulation and inspection already?
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    Absolutely! If a country sells a tainted product that might harm American consumers, a ban on their product should be enforced. No salmon or chicken from China!
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    This is first world/3rd world stuff. What kind of country do you want to live in? Me, I don't want to live in Somalia. No offense to Somalians.
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    These dirtbags just removed country of origin labeling on your meat so that the big companies can send their wares over to the slave camps (China) for processing. You really think they give a DAMN about your food safety?
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    Start making them grade their eggs better, too. Have you seen a jumbo egg lately. Should be labeled peanut size.
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    Get them out of this regulatory busness. This is a tax that no government rep voted for. This is the exact reason we rebelled against England.
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    please do this right not like other things the federal government is in charge of
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    In the question of safety versus profits, safety should always win.
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    Measures to reduce the number of food caused sickness should be updated to keep up with the changes that occur.
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    check all food, especially that coming from foreign countries.
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    How much will this cost? Looking to the past we have an extremely safe food supply. Regulations in existence now are doing a good job. We don't need to spend more money on a successful endeavor. We need to balance the budget
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    Food safety is very important to protecting the health of the country.
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    Isn't it their job to have unscheduled inspections to make sure the food is safe for human consumption. With all those chemicals they fed the animals which is what is causing people to get sick. Then they will say list of things that cause Cancer. Do your jobs. Just my opinion
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    NO NO NO. Reduce Federal regulation
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