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FOOD SAFETY ACT

This NCSL report summarizes the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most comprehensive food safety legislation since 1937. The law changed many of the regulatory structures designed to protect the public from foodborne illness, but mainly it updates the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate foods.

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FOOD-BORNE ILLNESSES

LegisBrief logoIn this LegisBrief, "Preventing Food-Borne Illnesses, " keeping America's food safe presents a daunting challenge. New processing techniques, ever-changing technology, an increase in imported foods and more farm-fresh food mean not only more variety and more nutritious choices, but also more opportunities for food-borne illnesses.

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RAW MILK

In the United States, milk is governed through a series of state rules and regulations based on the federal Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, or PMO. This ordinance guides the state programs to ensure that no major milk-borne disease outbreaks occur.

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ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS

pigsThe specialization and industrialization of American agriculture during the past several decades has resulted in an increased number of agricultural facilities that house and feed a large number of animals in a confined area. These facilities are known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

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OVERVIEW | FOOD SAFETY

The U.S. has the safest food in the world, and it requires state, local and federal governments to ensure it remains safe.  NCSL has several resources to assist state legislators regarding food safety, including the tracking of state legislation, a list of state statutes, and state efforts to oversee the safe production and distribution of foods, from raw fruits and vegetables to processed foods.

 

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