Food Safety Remains a Top Government Concern

July 2022 Government Affairs Update

Our Government Affairs staff work to monitoring legislation and advocate for the environmental health profession. This month focuses on food safety. Review our newest Government Insiders Blog to look at the food safety discussion at the federal level, or use our policy statement on Model Food Code to talk with your state representatives about your state’s food code, or review the food safety-related bills introduced in your state during the 2021-2022 legislative session.  

Government Insider Blog

Food Safety Remains Top Government Concern
“Food safety is currently a second-class citizen at the Food and Drug Administration”, said House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). “Right now, there are no food policy experts in charge of food safety at the FDA. That is unacceptable and contributes to a string of product contaminations and subsequent recalls that disrupt the supply chain, contribute to rising prices, and in many cases, result in consumer illness and death.” Read Full Blog Post

Policy Statement

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Model Food Code 
NEHA believes that complete adoption of the current U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) model Food Code in retail food establishments will likely reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses. Read Full Policy Statement

Legislative Tracking

2022 State Food Safety Enacted Legislation
Of the 348 bills introduced in 2021–2022 legislative sessions regarding food safety, 69 were passed into law. Most every state legislature introduced bills related to food and food safety, and legislatures in 38 states introduced food safety legislation (Figure 1). California and New York enacted the most bills. Read Full Report

Number of Bills Introduced and Enacted by State Legislatures by Food Safety Topic 

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2022