The Montana Public Health Association is extremely pleased by the president's signing of the FDA Food Modernization Act (S. 510), which passed both houses of Congress with strong bipartisan support. This important public health legislation grants the Food and Drug Administration greater regulatory authority over the nation's food supply and begins to address the dangerous gaps in our nation's food safety system.
We thank Sens. John Tester and Max Baucus for their leadership and votes on this very important public health measure.
This long overdue food safety bill will improve the capacity and coordination of federal, state and local government agencies, all of whom are on the front lines of preventing, detecting and responding to outbreaks.
My public health colleagues at MPHA support this law because we know that people in Montana and across the nation rely on federal, state and local public health departments for protection from dangers in the food supply. This act gives us added assurance that we'll be able to prevent more people from falling ill should a problem be found in the food supply-chain.
The bill will help to modernize the food safety system for the first time in over 70 years. It will aid in the prevention of food-borne illnesses, improve inspection requirements, and offer grants to enhance education, training and technical assistance to help agencies comply with the new requirements, among other authorities.
Ginger Roll, MPHA president