Representative José Serrano (D-N.Y.) recently introduced legislation (H.R. 254) that would amend several laws to require that consumers “receive notification regarding food products produced from crops, livestock, or poultry raised on land on which sewage sludge was applied.”

Titled “Sewage Sludge in Food Production Consumer Notification Act,” the proposal would consider food to be adulterated if it is produced on land to which sewage sludge has been applied or is derived from poultry or livestock raised on or fed with feed produced on such land. It provides several exceptions, including if the sewage sludge has been applied more than one year before the food was produced or if the food is appropriately labeled. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Agriculture.