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Legislative Update: Tariffs, Seafood Imports, Food Safety, Weapons

Friday, July 13, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Tariffs. H.R. 6337 (introduced July 11 by Rep. Gallagher, R-Wis.) would require congressional approval before the president adjusts imports determined to threaten to impair national security. A similar measure appears to have largely stalled in the Senate.

The House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee will hold a hearing July 18 to examine the effects on U.S. agriculture and rural communities of both U.S. tariffs imposed under Sections 232 and 301 as well as retaliation imposed by other countries against U.S. exports.

Seafood Imports. The Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act (H.R. 6212, introduced June 25 by Rep. Higgins, R-La.) would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the import of foreign seafood that fails to meet U.S. standards for seafood manufacturing, processing, and holding. It would also establish a program for foreign seafood inspection and impose penalties for importers and countries that routinely violate U.S. laws.

Food Safety. The Protect Our Food from Phthalate Contamination Act (S. 3155, introduced June 28 by Sen. Feinstein, D-Calif.) would ban the use of ortho-phthalate chemicals from materials that touch food. Phthalate chemicals are used to make plastic products more pliable and can be found throughout the food supply chain, including conveyor belts used during food production, plastic gloves worn to handle food, and containers and wrappings used for food packaging. The bill would give companies that use phthalates in affected products two years to phase them out and find safe alternatives.

Weapon Imports. The Assault Weapon Ban and Regulatory Reform Act (H.R. 6297, introduced June 28 by Rep. Wilson, D-Fla.) would regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, sale, or transfer of assault weapons.

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