“Sadly, it is a little like closing the barn door after the horses have gotten out,” he said.
“The overriding issue is that this is what happens when you get down to the end of the session and focus shifts away from the policy and on to the deadline,” Quarles said.
Others still supported the legislation. Ferd Hoefner, policy director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, D.C., said coalition supports the compromise Tester language.
Sandra Eskin, director of the Food Safety Campaign with The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. said the campaign doesn’t embrace the Tester compromise but the group won’t oppose it in the interest of getting food safety legislation passed. “We really, really want this bill to pass.”
Tester amendment – Qualified exemptions
Food facilities would qualify for an exemption from the preventive control/Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point provisions in section 103 of S. 510 if:
- They are defined as a “very small business” under FDA rule making or under certain conditions:
- the average annual monetary value of all food sold by the facility during the previous three-year period was less than $500,000, if the majority of the food sold by that facility was sold directly to consumers, restaurants or grocery stores in the same state or within 275 miles of the facility.
Source: Senate Health Committee