Congress and the Administration are considering legislation, rules and guidance that would make food healthier, safer, more affordable and produced in ways that treat animals humanely and protect the environment.
H.R. 1731 / S. 820 Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013
Amends the Egg Products Inspection Act to revise provisions concerning housing and treatment of egg-laying hens and enforcement of such requirements.
H.R. 2692 Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2013
Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the use of certain pesticides to prevent future killings on honeybees.
H.R. 1094 Safeguard American Food Exports Acts of 2013
Amends to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Acts to prohibit the sale, or transport, as well as importing and exporting into or out of the United States of horses and other members of the equidae family or their parts, by any person who knows or should have known that such equines are to be slaughtered for human consumption as food.
H.R. 1150/ S. 1256 Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2013
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require an applicant for approval of a new animal drug that is a medically important antimicrobial to demonstrate that there is a reasonable certainty of no harm to human health due to the development of antimicrobial resistance attributable to the nontherapeutic use of the drug.
H.R. 820 Delivering Antimicrobial Transparency in Animals Act of 2013
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise reporting requirements for the sponsor of a new animal drug containing an antimicrobial active ingredient. Requires a sponsor's annual report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to specify for each dosage form the known or estimated amounts of the antimicrobial active ingredient sold or distributed for use in each food-producing animal for which the new animal drug is approved.
H.R. 1462 RFS Reform Act of 2013
Amends the Clean Air Act to revise the renewable fuel program. Requires "renewable fuel," beginning on January 1, 2014, to be advanced biofuel.
H.R. 875 To provide for a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and for other purposes
Requires the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to provide a comprehensive assessment of research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, comparing mid-level ethanol blends to gasoline blends containing 10% and 0% ethanol; and to report on the findings of such assessment and on the agreement or disagreement of the Administrator of EPA with each of such findings.
S. 344 A bill to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from approving the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol, and for other purposes
Prohibits the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from authorizing or otherwise allowing the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol, including by granting a waiver for new fuels and fuel additives from the Clean Air Act's fuel standards.
S. 977 Foreign Fuels Reduction Act
Amends Clean Air Act provisions governing the Renewable Fuel Program to require (current law authorizes) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), when reducing the volume of cellulosic biofuel required under such Program to the projected volume available during that calendar year, to reduce the applicable volume of renewable fuel and advanced biofuels required under the Program by the same (currently, the same or a lesser) volume.
H.R. 1947: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Failed 234-195, June 20th, 2013
Passed 216-208 (Farm-only portion of the bill), July 11th, 2013
Passed 217-210 (Nutrition and Food assistance portion of bill, H.R. 3102), September 19th, 2013
A federal interagency working group has proposed voluntary guidelines on marketing food products to children. The guidelines set out two basic nutrition principles for food companies: (1) Advertising and marketing should encourage children to choose foods that make meaningful contributions to a healthful diet, including vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. (2) Saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and sodium should be limited to minimize the negative impact on children's health and weight. Food companies have updated their voluntary guidelines in response to the IWG's proposal, but the Administration has withdrawn its own proposal after Congress demanded a cost-benefit analysis.
H.R. 2248: Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2013
Deems a food to be adulterated if its container is composed, in whole or in part, of bisphenol A (BPA); or can release BPA into food.
H.R. 213 Sewage Sludge in Food Production Consumer Notification Act
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to deem as adulterated food that is produced on land on which sewage sludge was applied; derived from poultry that were raised, or that consumed animal feed produced, on such land; and derived from livestock that grazed, or consumed animal feed produced, on such land.
S.1502 Safe Meat and Poultry Act of 2013
Amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act (the Acts) to include in the definition of "adulterated" a product bearing or containing a pathogen or contaminant associated with serious illness or death.
H.R. 1012/ S. 520 Safety And Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act
Requires the Secretaries of Commerce and Health and Human Services (HHS) to execute a memorandum of understanding to improve interagency cooperation on seafood safety and fraud prevention, building upon any prior agreement, including those under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Implementation
More than 18 months ago, President Obama signed legislation to reform America's outdated food safety system. The law calls for new safety standards for food companies and produce growers, increases inspections of food processing facilities and farms, and requires greater oversight of imported foods and food ingredients.
February 2012: Issued Interim Final Rule
Establishment, Maintenance, and Availability of Records: Amendment to Record Availability Requirements
February 2013: Issued Final Rule
Criteria Used to Order Administrative Detention of Food for Human or Animal Consumption
May 2013: Issued Final Rule
Information Required in Prior Notice of Imported Food
Genetically Engineered Food Labeling
H.R. 1699/S. 809 Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem misbranded any food that has been genetically engineered or contains one or more genetically engineered ingredients, unless such information is clearly disclosed.
H.R. 584/S. 248 To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require labeling of genetically engineered fish
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem a food to be misbranded if it contains genetically engineered fish unless the food bears a label stating that it contains genetically engineered fish.
H.R. 1667/S. 246 Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States Act
Prohibits a person from shipping, transporting, offering for sale, selling, or purchasing a covered fish, or a food product containing such fish, in interstate commerce; having custody, control, or possession of, with the intent to ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase such fish or food products, in interstate or foreign commerce; engaging in net-pen aquaculture of such fish; releasing such fish into a natural environment; or having custody, control, or possession of such fish with the intent to release it into a natural environment.
H.R. 1414/S. 679 Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013
Expands access to healthy food for consumers through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Community Supported Agriculture programs; improves local and regional food system infrastructure and markets; boosts income and opportunities for local farmers and ranchers; and enhances agriculture research and extension.
H.R. 3147 Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to strengthen requirements related to nutrient information on food labels, and for other purposes.
H.R. 1249 Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise the nutritional information that restaurants and retail food establishments must disclose. Requires the nutrient content disclosure statement on the menu or menu board to include the number of calories contained in the whole product; the number of servings and number of calories per serving; or the number of calories per the common unit division of the product, such as for a multi-serving item that is typically divided before presentation to the consumer.
The 2010 Affordable Care Act includes a provision requiring restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets to provide consumers with calorie information on menus and menu boards. Other nutrient information - fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, sugars, fiber and total protein - would have to be made available in writing upon request. The Administration has not yet issued a final rule to implement this provision.
School Meals, Hunger
H.R. 1395 Weekends Without Hunger Act
Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to direct the Secretary of Agriculture, to implement a pilot program providing commodities, on a competitive basis, to nonprofits for the provision of nutritious food to at-risk school children on weekends and during extended school holidays during the school year.
H.R. 1720 Local School Foods Act of 2013
Amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a pilot program under which the Secretary will give up to five participating states the option of receiving a grant in an amount equal to the value of the USDA-provided commodities that the participating state would otherwise receive for each of FY2014-FY2018.
H.R. 1783 School Food Modernization Act
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to issue loan guarantees to local educational agencies (LEAs) participating in the school lunch program, tribal organizations, or consortia of such entities to finance the construction, remodeling, or expansion of infrastructure or the purchase of durable equipment that will facilitate their provision of healthy meals through the school breakfast and lunch programs.
S.274 CHEW Act
Requires each local educational agency (LEA) participating in the school improvement program under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to develop and implement healthy eating and nutrition education programs in its schools, and to periodically monitor schools' efforts to improve students' healthy eating and nutritive knowledge.
S. 39 Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention America Act
Amends the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, the Public Health Service Act, and other specified health law to establish or expand programs for children's nutrition and physical activity in schools and with child care providers, expanding the free fresh fruit program, promoting equal opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in schools and colleges, revising the definition of "core academic subject" to include physical education, and including the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles by students within educational grant programs.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act gave the USDA power to set nutrition standards for food sold to students "a la carte" outside school meal programs. New research has found that setting tough standards for snack foods and beverages sold in school could help students maintain a healthy body weight.
June 2011: Issued Interim Rule
National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
June 2011: Issued Final Rule
Cooperation in USDA Studies and Evaluations, and Full Use of Federal Funds in Nutrition Assistance Programs Nondiscretionary Provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296
January 2012: Issued Final Rule
Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
April 2012: Issued Interim Rule
Certification of Compliance With Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
February 2013: Issued Final Rule
National School Lunch Program: Direct Certification Continuous Improvement Plans Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
February 2013: Issued Final Rule
Child Nutrition Programs: Nondiscretionary Amendments Related to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
June 2013: Issued Interim Final Rule
National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010