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Food Safety

A bill (S. 1804) introduced by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) would require that the government devise a strategy for addressing attacks on the nation’s agriculture and food supplies. The bill would direct the government to carry out vulnerability assessments of the agriculture and food system; implement mitigation strategies to protect critical production areas from diseases, pests, and poisons; ensure that the nation is prepared to respond to a terrorist attack, disease outbreak, or other disaster affecting the agriculture and food system; and assist states with food and agriculture protection activities. Under the bill, the Secretary of Agriculture would be required to develop a national veterinary stockpile, a national plant disease recovery system, a national plant diagnostic network, and a national food emergency response network.

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