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At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. ENHANCED AQUACULTURE AND SEAFOOD INSPECTION.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
(1) In 2007, there has been an overwhelming increase in the volume of aquaculture and seafood that has been found to contain substances that are not approved for use in food in the United States.
(2) As of May 2007, inspection programs are not able to satisfactorily accomplish the goals of ensuring the food safety of the United States.
(3) To protect the health and safety of consumers in the United States, the ability of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to perform inspection functions must be enhanced.
(b) Heightened Inspections.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this section as the ``Secretary'') shall, by regulation, enhance, as necessary, the inspection regime of the Food and Drug Administration for aquaculture and seafood, consistent with obligations of the United States under international agreements and United States law.
(2) CONTENT.--The Secretary shall ensure that the regulations promulgated under paragraph (1) to enhance the inspection regime--
(A) ensure that aquaculture and seafood products are not contaminated with substances that are not approved for use in food in the United States;
(B) include the authority to refuse imports of such products from a foreign facility if a requested inspection of the foreign facility is refused or unnecessarily delayed;
(C) take into account whether the United States has a cooperative agreement regarding aquaculture and seafood inspection; and
(D) provide for an assessment of the risk associated with particular contaminants.
(c) Report to Congress.--Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that describes--
(1) the specifics of the aquaculture and seafood inspection program; and
(2) the feasibility of developing a traceability system for all catfish and seafood products, both domestic and imported, for the purpose of identifying the processing plant of origin of such products.
(d) Partnerships With States.--Upon the request by any State, the Secretary may enter into partnership agreements, as soon as practicable after the request is made, to implement inspection programs regarding the importation of aquaculture and seafood.
(e) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on May 7, 2007.)