A bill (H.R. 3967) introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to refuse admission of food into the United States under certain circumstances. (Currently, the Food and Drug Administration oversees the inspection of imported food.)
The Food Safety Modernization Act is the first overhaul of the nation’s food safety system in more than 70 years. Nowhere is the legislation more ambitious than in provisions regarding the safety of imported food.