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Legislation To Overhaul America’s Food Safety System Nears Passage

November 19, 2010: 03:39 PM EST

Long-stalled legislation that would beef up U.S. food safety procedures by requiring more meticulous inspections of processing plants survived a technical vote in the Senate on November 17 and should have no problem reaching the floor for a final vote. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee had approved the bill unanimously a year ago but other, more pressing, legislative issues pre-empted the legislation. Senate Republicans joined Democrats to approve the procedural vote 74-25. Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, called it “shocking” that “the last comprehensive overhaul of America's food-safety system was in 1938 -- more than seven decades ago." The bill also gives the Dept. of Health and Human Services more power to initiate food recalls.

"Food safety bill inches closer to passage", UPI wire story, November 19, 2010, © UPI
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