A bill that aims to enhance the safety of food distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to schools is being readied for the House of Representatives.

A report on www.meatingplace.com indicated Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Penn., will soon expected to introduce a bill to improve the safety of food served at schools. The bill will be similar to a Senate bill already put forward by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

A Government Accountability Office report in 2009 said that federal agencies fail in consistently communicating food recalls to schools.

The proposed House bill would direct USDA to develop guidelines in consultations with the Farm Services Agency and Agricultural Marketing Service on if and when administrative holds should be used on suspect food in the meal program. The bill would also seek to improve the timeliness of USDA communications to schools about holds and recalls.