|Posted:||August 12, 2020 12:38 PM|
|From:||Senator Lisa M. Boscola|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Food Supply Chain Reporting Act|
In the near future I plan to introduce legislation to assist the Department of Agriculture in obtaining information related to our food supply chain in Pennsylvania. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our food distributors across the Commonwealth have faced an abundance of products or a scarcity of products.
This legislation will seek to encourage food distribution centers to voluntarily target and identify bottlenecks and oversupplies of products during the supply chain process. Furthermore, it will be important for companies to identify where they can easily switch production to make distribution more efficient. In return, capital improvement funds will be dispersed to the entities that choose to report to the Department of Agriculture with the requested information.
The global pandemic has exposed serious flaws in supply chain networks. Shortages of necessities like milk, meat, and bread have been unsettling for our constituents. To prevent this problem from occurring again when the next disaster strikes, we should encourage our food distribution companies to communicate to the Department of Agriculture. This will allow the Department to understand excess capacities and physical limitations on products that are critical for our communities. Please join me in sponsoring this legislation.