Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety Law


     The Senate this morning passed an overhaul of the nation's food-safety system by a vote of 73 to 25. The legislation would strengthen the Food and Drug Administration. Staunch opposition by Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma forced months of delay, because he wanted less food safety regulation, not more.
     Despite unusual bipartisan support, the bill could still die because the Senate must be reconciled with version passed earlier by the House of Representatives. The Senate's version includes an local-food producers' exemption introduced by Senator Jon Tester. 
     An article of the passage is available here in the New York Times.

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