The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (HR 2749) went to House Senate Conference on August 3. The amendment process is underway and we note an amendment introduced by Senator David Vitter (R, LA) which is intended to increase the pressure on USFDA to increase inspections of imported seafood.

The conferees direct FDA, working with appropriate Federal agencies, to conduct a study and prepare a report on the challenges associated with imported seafood. The report shall include, by product and country of origin, the number of physical inspections of seafood products offered for import in the previous fiscal year, and the percentage of inspected seafood products that do not meet applicable food safety laws and the reason the products do not meet such standards. The report shall also include an analysis of the imported seafood products that are most susceptible to violations of applicable food safety standards, the aquaculture and mariculture practices that are of greatest concern to FDA, and propose methods for improving policies and procedures to ensure the safety of imported seafood.

We attach the text of the Bill as it moved to Conference on August 3.