The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, by a voice vote on Wednesday. S. 510 would increase government oversight of the food sector by expanding the FDA authority with mandatory recalls, increased inspection rates, collection of fees and require all facilities to have a food safety plan.

AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle noted that the Institute is looking forward to continuing to work with the HELP Committee on the issues of a mandatory recall system that provides for an indemnification provision, science based performance standards with notice and comment by the public and input from the scientific community and providing a burden proof for the government to suspend a facility’s registration.

“AMI will continue to work with the Senate to ensure the final bill includes microbiological performance standards that are scientifically based and that a process is in place for the indemnification for companies subjected to an overly broad mandatory recall by FDA,” said Boyle.

summary and full text of S. 510 are available online.