Text: H.R.4307 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/26/2014)


113th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4307


To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 26, 2014

Mr. Massie (for himself, Mr. Amash, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. Jones, Mr. McClintock, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Mr. Polis, Mr. Rigell, Mr. Stockman, Mr. Rohrabacher, and Mr. Gohmert) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Milk Freedom Act of 2014”.

SEC. 2. Interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products.

(a) Sale allowed.—Notwithstanding the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.), section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264), and any regulations or other guidance issued under such Act or section, a Federal department, agency, or court may not take any action (such as administrative, civil, criminal, or other actions) that would prohibit, interfere with, regulate, or otherwise restrict the interstate traffic of milk, or a milk product, that is unpasteurized and packaged for direct human consumption, if such prohibition, interference, regulation, or restriction is based on the determination that, solely because such milk or milk product is unpasteurized, such milk or milk product is adulterated, misbranded, or otherwise in violation of Federal law.

(b) Definitions.—In this section, the following definitions apply:

(1) The term “milk” means the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the milking of one or more healthy animals.

(2) The term “milk product”—

(A) means a food product made from milk; and

(B) includes low-fat milk, skim milk, cream, half and half, dry milk, nonfat milk, dry cream, condensed or concentrated milk products, cultured or acidified milk or milk products, kefir, eggnog, yogurt, butter, cheese, whey, condensed or dry whey or whey products, ice cream, ice milk, and other frozen dairy desserts.

(3) The term “packaged for direct human consumption” means milk and milk products that are packaged for the final consumer and intended for human consumption. Such term does not include milk and milk products that are packaged for additional processing, including pasteurization, before being consumed by humans.

(4) The term “pasteurized” means the process of heating milk and milk products to the applicable temperature specified in the tables contained in section 1240.61 of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations), and held continuously at or above that temperature for at least the corresponding specified time in such tables.

(5) The term “unpasteurized” means not pasteurized.


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