The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996

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The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996

The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 or H.R.1627 was introduced by Representative

Thomas Bliley (R) on May 12, 1996. It was supported by 243 co-sponsors. The bill was reported

to the House of Representatives after receiving an 18-0 vote in Committee of Agriculture. The

House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996.

The next day the measure was considered by the Senate, and also passed with unanimous vote.

The bill was then signed by President Clinton on July 24, 1996 and become Public Law 104-170

on August 3, 1996 (Detailed Legislative History). It has been said the bill would have died in the

Senate if it had been held over just one day loner due to rapidly mounting panic and opposition

from some major players in the pesticide industry. This would been a major loss considering

Congressman Bliley had been fighting for this reform legislation since the 102nd Congress (Sray

49 ).

The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 amends the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and

the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenicide Act that had been a burden to both growers and

consumers. The bill Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to develop uniform standards

in setting all chemical tolerances allowed in food. The Administrator of the Environmental

Protection Agency must determine if the tolerance is safe, meaning there is reasonable certainty

that no harm will result from aggregate exposure to the pesticide chemical residue, and any other

type of exposure there is reliable information on (Sray 49). The bill requires all pesticides to be

re-registered under the guid...

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the chemicals. I believe that the Food Protection Act of 1996 meets both of these issues rather

well. If impemeted properly the Food Protection Act of 1996 can benefit farmers, chemical

companies, children, families, and the world.


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United States. Library of Congress.”Detailed Legislative Status of H.R.1627.” 104th

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