Safe Food for Seniors Act of 2013 (H.R. 2181)
• The Safe Food for Seniors Act is a proposed federal law that would require Skilled Nursing Facilities receiving federal funds (i.e., Medicare and Medicaid) to require the director of food services, if not a full-time qualified dietician, to be a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional, a Registered Dietetic Technician, or have the equivalent training from military experience or traditional education.
• The Safe Food for Seniors Act would ensure that food service managers who run the day-to-day food service operations of Medicare and Medicaid programs are adequately trained and certified.
• The bill was referred to a congressional committee for consideration on May 23, 2013 prior to being sent to the White House or the Senate.
• The last action on the bill was on June 19, 2013 when it was referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
• Stop Foodborne Illness supports the Safe Food for Seniors Act.
• Because the elderly are at higher risk for foodborne illness than the general population, Stop Foodborne Illness believes that trained dietitians or food directors can dramatically reduce the incidence of disease.