Three Reasons The Senate Food Safety Bill Won’t Completely Eliminate Food Recalls

The Senate has worked to pass a food safety bill that would increase funding for the federal Food and Drug Administration to add more inspections and limit the possibility of California food recalls, according to the Modesto Bee. Here are three reasons that it might not do that.

1) The bill targets major producers of food, not smaller farms

There’s a size limit in place in the Senate’s version of the bill, making it less stringent and exempting many smaller farms and family-owned companies from producing food safety plans. That means that in many cases, issues like the raw milk cheese recall for E. coli at Costco and other retailers could still exist.

2) Inspections are increasing, but they are only up from a low level

Inspections by FDA officials of farms like the egg farms in Iowa used to only occur in long intervals, sometimes with a decade between them, and sometimes never where there wasn’t enough funding to determine potential product recall efforts. The new plan only decreases that frequency to once every three years, and that’s for farms most at risk for food recall concerns.

3) FDA food recalls can be made mandatory without the farm’s consent, but the law might not even go through

Even if the law were to go through, an outbreak will only be minimized, it won’t help the first group of those with a potential case for being sickened by poor food safety techniques. Worse yet, the structure of the bill could make it unconstitutional if the House of Representatives don’t sign on to the changes made, thanks to a loophole regarding taxation, notes the Beaufort Observer.