Food Safety Issues

Issue Summaries for the 113th Congress


H.R. 1313/S. 632, To amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act to repeal a duplicative program relating to the inspection and grading of catfish
This bill repeals a provision within the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 which establishes an inspection and grading program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture for catfish and other species of farm-raised fish. The provision has been in effect since the enactment of the Act.  The Food and Drug Administration currently inspects all commercial seafood.

Status: U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.-4) introduced H.R. 1313 on March 21, 2013, and it was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S. 632 on March 21, 2013, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

AVMA Position: No Action
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller