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At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. JOINT TASK FORCE WITH THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
(a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and the Secretary of Agriculture shall establish a joint task force concerning foodborne illnesses.
(b) Chairperson.--The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall serve as the chairperson of the joint task force established under subsection (a).
(c) Duties.--The joint task force established under subsection (a) shall--
(1) develop recommendations on how to effectively address the problem of foodborne illness in the United States;
(2) submit to Congress recommendation for changes in the law to address the sources of food contamination before hazards enter the food supply, such as mandatory recall authority, trace back procedures, and modification to farm regulations; and
(3) identify measures to be taken at the Federal agency level to effectively improve internal and external communication and information sharing with respect to addressing the problem of foodborne illness.
(d) Participation and Input of Others.--The joint task force established under subsection (a) shall establish mechanisms to allow relevant stakeholder, including farmers, the food industry, consumer groups, and relevant State agencies, to participate in task force activities and to provide the task force with input on food safety policy.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on May 3, 2007.)