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Senate Panel Okays Food Safety Bill

August 13, 2010: 07:58 AM EST
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has approved a bill to better ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply. The bipartisan measure – the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, a House version of which passed a year ago – may be taken up in September. The legislation gives the FDA authority to impose a food recall rather than simply ask for one and to perform more frequent food facility inspections, subsidized by fees paid by the food industry. A proposal offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to ban a chemical (bisphenol A, or BPA) used to line food cans was not included, though she said she will offer it when the bill reaches the Senate floor.
Kevin Freking, "Senators agree on framework of food safety bill", Associated Press, August 13, 2010, © Associated Press
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