The House of Representatives plans to consider the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 after July 4.
The United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C., said in an e-mail to members June 23 that the food safety legislation is expected to be debated and voted on in early July, before the August recess.
The timing of Senate consideration is not known yet, as members there are dealing with health care reform.
Tom Stenzel, president of United Fresh, urged industry in the e-mail to stay engaged on the food safety issue through the summer and into the fall. In particular, he said the Washington Public Policy Conference Sept. 9-11 should provide attendees an opportunity to be involved the debate.
United Fresh has already worked to make the food safety more workable for the industry, Stenzel said. Since May, he said United Fresh has helped strengthen commodity-specific approach to fresh produce oversight, boost flexibility in traceability solutions and limited registration fees on domestics facilities and importers, among other improvements.
"As Senate leaders begin work on their own food safety bill later this year, we look forward to providing input that will result in passage of sound, scientific food safety legislation," Stenzel in the e-mail.