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Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes Increased Criminal Penalties for Selling Misbranded or Adulterated Food – NOT April Fools

worm_april_fools_launch.jpgToday as reported by Food Safety News tomorrow (April Fools Day), the Senate Judiciary Committee voted out S. 216, The Food Safety Accountability Act. It is a Bill “to increase criminal penalties for certain knowing and intentional violations relating to food that is misbranded or adulterated.”

Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following:


This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Food Safety Account- ability Act of 2011’’.


Section 303(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 333(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘‘Any’’ and inserting ‘‘Except as provided in paragraph (2) or (3), any’’;

(2) in paragraph (2), by striking ‘‘Not withstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) of this section, if’’ and inserting ‘‘If’’; and

(3) by adding at the end the following: ‘‘(3) Any person who violates subsection (a), (b), (c), or (k) of section 301 with respect to any food— ‘‘(A) knowingly and intentionally to defraud or mislead; and ‘‘(B) with conscious or reckless disregard of a risk of death or serious bodily injury, shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.’’

  • Doc Mudd

    Excellent news!
    Now, let’s avoid ‘exempting’ every little Tom, Dick and Shirley from accountability and culpability.

  • Jeff Almer

    Even though this one is a no-brainer act to pass, you never know with the political climate these days.
    Let’s celebrate this passage with the possible charges filed under the old act against Stewart Parnell formerly of Peanut Corp Of America and now with Citatation Snacks in North Carolina. Citation should be proud to have Stewie’s knowlege of what it takes to make money.
    Even though the law is not anywhere near the level that Salmonella Stew needs to pay the price for the deaths and sickness he fashioned, it’s time to start making examples out of money grubbing jerks like Parnell and Decoster. Their historical records of violations are clear proof they are only concerned with the riches they acquired at the expense of the consumers.
    I know I sound like a broken record here, but having your mom die because of Parnell’s avarice tends to make one a little focused on something called justice.

  • Larry and Karen Andrew

    That is good news…finally getting some meanigfull sanctions from this mostly ineffective deliberative body.

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    It is wonderful that the committee voted it out, but now it will have to face the big guns. Lets keep a close eye on its status so that we can all get active if necessary.