US to Up Penalties for Food Safety Handler Violations

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation late last week that would stiffen the penalties for companies that knowingly violate food safety standards.
According to Leahy’s office, the Food Safety Enforcement Act would increase the sentences prosecutors can seek for people who “knowingly contaminate the nation’s food supply and endanger Americans’ lives.”

“Current statutes do not provide sufficient criminal sanctions for those who knowingly violate our food safety laws,” said Leahy. “The bill I introduce today would increase sentences for people who put profits above safety by knowingly contaminating the food supply.  It makes such offenses felony violations and significantly increases the chances that those who commit them will face jail time, rather than a slap on the wrist, for their criminal conduct.”

Many workplaces require food handlers to complete a food safety course, and hold a current food safety certificate. Try food manager certification online.

Courtesy: Food Safety News

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