Senate passes safety bill, again
December 20, 2010
The U.S. Senate passed a food safety bill Sunday night, overcoming a procedural glitch that will still require passage by the House. The Senate had passed an earlier version of the legislation late last month, but it contained a provision that tied its funding to an omnibus spending bill that failed. The new version, passed on a unanimous voice vote, fixes that problem. The bill expands the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to initiate recalls and allows the FDA to increase inspections of both domestic food processing and food imports. Producers of all foods would have to engage in the type of planning and record-keeping now required of meat processing plants. The bill is expected to easily be re-passed by the House and signed by President Obama.