Washington — The bipartisan Fair Sugar Policy Act (H.R. 4521, S. 2568) has been introduced in Congress and aims to provide relief from the “outdated U.S. sugar program,” according to the Sweetener Users Association (SUA).
The act would modernize the U.S. sugar program by eliminating marketing allotments, providing more flexibility to the USDA to ensure an adequate sugar supply, removing unnecessary trade restrictions, providing temporary transfer of unused import quotas to other countries with import quotas and repealing the Feedstock Flexibility program, SUA reports.
The legislation was brought to the House of Representatives by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) and in the Senate by Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).
“American food and beverage manufacturers applaud the Fair Sugar Policy Act for the commonsense reform it would bring to the outdated and unnecessarily costly U.S. sugar program,” says Rick Pasco, SUA president. “We are grateful to Senators Shaheen and Toomey and Representatives Foxx and Davis for their continued leadership on efforts to provide relief to the millions of Americans who enjoy sugar-using products — as well as the U.S. manufacturers and their employees who make them.”