NOTE The following summary of S. 510 reflects the managers amendment, as released by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on August 12, 2010. Summary and Background During the week of November 15th, the Senate may consider S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The Senates consideration of this legislation has been preceded by over a year of bipartisan work from, among others, Senators Durbin, Harkin, Dodd, Alexander, Burr, Gregg, and the late Senator Kennedy. This bipartisan legislation would overhaul our current food safety system, which has failed to protect far too many Americans and will continue to fail them unless Congress improves the nations food safety laws. The legislation would address a number of the weaknesses of the current system by, among other provisions: Giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to recall foods when firms fail to voluntarily recall products on their own, when a food is adulterated or contains undeclared allergens and will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals; Requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), within three years of enactment, to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking that would establish a national trace-back system; Requiring food importers to perform food safety supplier verification activities and prohibit the importation of food by an importer if they do not undertake food safety supplier verification activities; Expands the nations current food facility registration laws requiring all food facilities (excluding farms) to register with the FDA biennially and gives the FDA the authority and the assurance that it will be permitted to inspect registered facilities as permitted; and Requires all registered domestic facilities (excluding farms) to identify known or reasonably foreseeable hazards and implement preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent those identified hazards. http://dpc.senate.gov/dpcdoc.cfm?doc_name=lb-111-2-57 What do you Support? What are your Concerns?