As a student organization for future food professionals, the SDFSA encourages all members to stay abreast of food and nutrition legislation and actively participate in legislative changes. The bills we follow closely are updated below - in alphabetical order by main issue. Feel free to contact our legislative officers for more information!
Prop 37 (2012) - A proposition in California that will require labeling on raw and processed foods offered for sale to consumed if made from plants or animals that were genetically modified in anyway. This proposition will also prohibit labeling or advertising such food as "natural." Food that will be exempt are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.
Federal Nutrition Legislation 2011-2012
S. 368: A bill to amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to suspend a limitation on
the period for which certain borrowers are eligible for guaranteed assistance.
S. 1414: Community-Supported Agriculture Promotion Act
H.R. 90: To provide for Federal research, development, demonstration, and commercial application
activities to enable the development of farms that are net producers of both food and energy, and for
H.R. 317: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grower Tax Incentive Act of 2011
H.R. 2373: National Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2011
S. 52: International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act
S. 459: MILC Preservation Act of 2011
CA BILL NUMBER: A.B. No. 463
TOPIC : Food and agriculture: fruits, nuts, and vegetables: inspections.
Makes a technical change to the provisions surrounding marketing of these products.
S.Res. 204: A resolution designating June 7, 2011, as "National Hunger Awareness Day".
H.R. 1382: White House Conference on Food and Nutrition Act
H.R. 2029: Birth Defects Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Awareness Act of 2011
H.R. 36: Eating Disorders Awareness, Prevention, and Education Act of 2011
H.Res. 339: Expressing support for designation of September as National Childhood Obesity
S.Res. 219: A resolution designating September 13, 2011, as "National Celiac Disease Awareness Day".
H.Res. 246: Supporting the goals and ideals of National Celiac Awareness Month, and for other
Food Safety and Consumer Protection
S. 496: A bill to amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act to repeal a duplicative program
relating to inspection and grading of catfish.
S. 718: A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve the use of
certain registered pesticides.
H.R. 254: Sewage Sludge in Food Production Consumer Notification Act
H.R. 537: Safe Food for Seniors Act of 2011
S. 216: Food Safety Accountability Act of 2011
H.R. 432: Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2011
S. 136: Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2011
H.R. 1487: Poison-Free Poultry Act of 2011
S. 458: Milk Quality Standards Act of 2011
S. 50: Commercial Seafood Consumer Protection Act
S. 78: Protecting Pregnant Women and Children From Perchlorate Act of 2011
H.R. 1364: Free Speech About Science Act of 2011
CA BILL NUMBER: A.B. No. 88
TOPIC : Food labeling: genetically engineered food.
If passed, would state intent to enact a legislation to control labeling of genetically-engineered salmon in California.
S. 174: Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention America Act
H.R. 2741: Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2011
H.R. 1311: Medical Foods Equity Act of 2011
S. 311: Medical Foods Equity Act of 2011
Hunger and Food Assistance
H.R. 350: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2011
S. 166: Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Extension Act of 2011
H.R. 377: Food Assistance to Improve Reintegration Act of 2011
H.R. 518: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Indian tribes to receive charitable
contributions of apparently wholesome food.
H.R. 1465: Assuring You Uniform Dietary Assistance (AYUDA) Act of 2011
CA BILL NUMBER: S.B. No. 471
TOPIC : CalFresh.
Changes definition of benefits.
CA BILL NUMBER: A.B. No. 808
TOPIC : CalFresh: transitional benefits and recertification.
Would maintain that CalFresh is run as a state-mandated local program.
H.Res. 217: Supporting the goals and ideals of Global Child Nutrition Month.
H.Res. 361: Concerning efforts to provide humanitarian relief to mitigate the effects of drought and
avert famine in the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Kenya.
H.R. 1486: Trans Fat Truth in Labeling Act of 2011
S. 1310: Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011
H.R. 520: To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require labeling of genetically-engineered fish.
S. 229: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require labeling of genetically-
H.Res. 17: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Commissioner of Food
and Drugs should evaluate the scientific evidence on the question of whether to add more folic acid
to enriched grain products and expand folic acid fortification into cornmeal and corn-based food
products to help prevent further serious birth defects.
H.R. 1448: Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act of 2011
CA BILL NUMBER: A.B. No. 1100
TOPIC : Retail food facilities: toys and incentives.
Would declare the intent to enact legislation to improve the health of children in California
by setting healthier standards for children’s meals that are accompanied by toys and other
CA BILL NUMBER: A.B. No. 727
TOPIC : Public contracts: healthy and sustainable food.
Foods sold in state-leased and state-owned areas can only be sold if they meet certain nutritional guidelines.
CA BILL NUMBER: A.B. No. 575
TOPIC : Dietetics.
Regulation and licensure of dietitians.
H.R. 2239: Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2011
H.R. 576: Healthy Children Through School Nutrition Education Act
S.Res. 98: A resolution to express the sense of the Senate regarding the school breakfast program.
H.R. 1722: Eat Local Foods Act
CA BILL NUMBER: A.B. No. 839
TOPIC : Pupil nutrition: federal School Breakfast Program participation.
To require schools to provide a nutritionally balanced breakfast as well as lunch at free or
reduced price to children in attendance.