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September 26, 2007

SENATORS BROWN AND CASEY INTRODUCE THE FOOD AND PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 2007

Last week, in response to the rash of product recalls and food borne illness problems, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Food and Product Responsibility Act of 2007. The Bill is intended to protect U.S. consumers against unsafe food and products and promote sound business practices among distributors of food and products.  The Food and Product Responsibility Act of 2007 would require distributors of food and consumer products to demonstrate the financial capacity to cover risks associated with recalls and product safety. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in conjunction with other agencies, would develop a program to ensure distributors are able to cover the costs associated with both product recalls and all personal and property damages that could occur because of  product defects. Distributors would be required to demonstrate that they possess product recall and liability insurance or have sufficient financial resources to afford a recall and any subsequent damage claims.  The products covered would include auto parts; food, drugs, devices, and cosmetics; biological products; consumer products, and meat, poultry, and egg and meat, poultry, and egg products.

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