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Article | December 31, 2005
Uniform food safety information
The National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005, a bill that seeks to harmonize existing state and federal laws to create a uniform system for all food safety standards and warning labels, has been introduced by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY).
The law would apply to Food and Drug Administration-regulated foods because U.S. Department of Agriculture-regulated foods are already subject to uniform national labeling standards.
States would no longer be able to require food manufacturers to issue a warning in labeling advertising or other means of communications if it differs from FDA. States would retain authority in “traditional local food enforcement matters” such as freshness dating religious dietary labeling and unit pricing. The bill has the support of more than 159 representatives and food associations like Grocery Manufacturers Association.
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