Upon returning from the Thanksgiving feast, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has presented a bill that would amend USDA inspection rules to mandate pathogen treatment and expand labeling requirements on meat and poultry.
The bill would make amendments to the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Specially it would prohibit the sale of any processed poultry, meat and Food and Drug Adminstration-regulated food that has not either undergone a pathogen reduction treatment, or been "certified to contain no verifiable traces of pathogens."
If passed, the legislation also would require labels on any ground meat product that lists every cut of meat that is used to make up the product.
Finally, the bill would eliminate with what Feinstein calls "loopholes in current laws" that allow processors to add coloring, synthetic flavorings and spices to products without informing the consumer.
"By enacting these simple changes, the Processed Food Safety Act will drastically reduce the presence of pathogens in our food and improve the ability of the consumer to make informed choices about the products they wish to eat," according to Feinstein.