Following the House passage on July 30, 2009 of comprehensive food safety legislation (H.R. 2749), the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee is expected to take up food safety legislation following health care reform in the fall. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced a food safety bill in the spring (S. 510), the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which received co-sponsorship by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), among others. The provisions of Senator Durbin's bill are not as sweeping as those of the bipartisan bill passed by the House. For example, the Senate bill, as introduced, does not establish user fees for registered facilities and does not include subpoena authority for the agency. On August 3, 2009, the bill that passed in the House was referred to the HELP Committee for review. With the Obama Administration's support for the House legislation, we expect that the HELP Committee will focus its efforts on the House bill this fall and do not expect that it will significantly alter the provisions of that legislation. Food safety legislation remains on-track for passage later this year. In the interim, the President's Food Safety Working Group( has issued findings and action items over the course of the coming year in a multi-agency effort to address cross-cutting issues for the food industry, such as implementing tracing systems and controlling contamination risks. Notably, in early October, FDA is expected to issue a draft guidance document with recommendations for industry on establishing product tracing systems.