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Food Safety Bill Clears Key Vote in Senate

December 1, 2010

Reuters reports that the U.S. food supply, battered by a series of recalls after millions were sickened, moved a step closer toward its first major safety overhaul in seven decades following a key vote in Congress on Wednesday. The Senate voted 74-25 to limit debate on the food safety bill, which clears the legislation for a final vote where it is expected to pass. There is no timetable for when that will be. The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration broad powers over recalls, increase the rate of plant inspections and boost access to food facility records. A similar version of food reform legislation cleared the House of Representatives in July 2009. The legislation, if passed, would be the largest overhaul of U.S. food safety laws since 1938 when Congress gave the FDA the authority to oversee the safety of food, drugs, and cosmetics.