NFI applauds Food Safety Modernization Act
The National Fisheries Institute of McLean, Va., says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could greatly benefit from food-safety legislation introduced on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
A coalition of lawmakers led by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 in an effort to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
"The bill updates and improves earlier food safety efforts without unnecessary restrictions and wasteful redundancies," said NFI President John Connelly, who lauded the bill as a bipartisan endeavor.
"Forward thinking has recognized that as a country we can't just inspect our way to perfect food safety and we can't simply legislate our way there either," added Connelly. "This bill recognizes the hard work the FDA has done and continues to do and the need to provide incentives for members of the seafood community who are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the food we all enjoy today."
NFI supports a strong FDA and favors increased funding - USD 725 million (EUR 576 million) by 2010 - for the agency's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition as well as a preventative approach that stops problems at their source, rather than at U.S. borders.