Pathogen Reductions and Testing Reform Act of 2014 (HR 4966)

Issues

Pathogen Reductions and Testing Reform Act of 2014 (HR 4966)

The Breakdown

The Pathogen Reductions and Testing Reform Act of 2014 (HR 4966) is a bill that has been introduced into Congress by Congressmen Rosa de Lauro (D-CT) and Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY). The bill requires the USDA to recall any meat, poultry, or egg product contaminated by pathogens associated with serious illness or death or that are resistant to two or more critically important antibiotics for human medicine.
• In 2013 and 2014, continuous outbreaks of Salmonella Heidelberg sickened over 600 Americans in 2013 and 2014, yet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) claimed they could not legally issue any recalls of the tainted poultry, nor could they declare Salmonella an adulterant.
• Currently, the USDA cannot implement any legal recalls unless a product is determined “adulterated”—an ambiguous term currently defined by law.
• The Pathogen Reductions and Testing Reform Act will allow the USDA to recall antibiotic strains of bacteria as adulterants without question and will strengthen the Federal meat Inspection, Egg Products Inspection, and Poultry Inspection Acts.

Our Position

• Stop Foodborne Illness strongly supports the Pathogen Reductions and Testing Reform Act of 2014.
• The Pathogen Reductions and Testing Reform Act of 2014 will help to keep dangerous antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria out of the food supply and will create federal agencies that will protect public health rather than bend to the threats of wealthy food producers looking to escape regulation.

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