H.R.1412 - Shellfish Safety Act of 1993103rd Congress (1993-1994)
Summary: H.R.1412 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)
Introduced in House (03/18/1993)
Shellfish Safety Act of 1993 - Mandates the establishment of a National Shellfish Safety Program, including the issuance of guidelines for: (1) shellfish growers, harvesters, and shippers and their vessels; (2) water quality of shellfish growing and harvesting areas; (3) monitoring the movement of domestic and imported shellfish in interstate commerce; and (4) monitoring and controlling biotoxins and contaminants.
Provides for State programs, including monitoring, classifying, and closing growing and harvesting areas and certification of shippers.
Authorizes a memorandum of understanding with any country with a program at least equivalent to the Program providing for specified matters, including requiring the country to certify shippers and make available a list of waters classified as meeting requirements at least equivalent to the Program.
Deems adulterated, for purposes of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, shellfish: (1) grown or harvested in a country without such a memorandum; (2) grown or harvested in a State without an approved program; (3) harvested from waters not classified as meeting the requirements of the program or otherwise deemed unsuitable for harvesting; or (4) shipped by an uncertified shipper.
Directs the Secretary of Commerce to evaluate the potential for removing conditions and prohibitions on growing and harvesting areas.
Authorizes cooperative agreements with States for restoration of such areas.