Food safety legislation that is currently stalled in the Senate after passing in the House of Representatives is getting renewed attention, at least from some advocacy groups.
A coalition of food safety groups took out newspaper advertisements in the home states of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) calling on them to bring the bill to the Senate floor and then pass it. The ads feature constituents that have fallen ill due to food-borne illnesses.
“The bill, which would be the first major change to food safety laws in 70 years, is designed to give the Food and Drug Administration vast new regulatory authority over food production. It places greater responsibility on manufacturers and farmers to produce food free from contamination — a departure from the country's reactive tradition, which has relied on government inspectors to catch tainted food after the fact,” reports the Washington Post.
However, farm groups contest the measure, saying that it will increase the cost of production and increased paperwork, as well as to much power to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The measure stalled this spring after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) added language that would ban bisphenol-A, a controversial chemical found in many plastics, from being used in food and beverage containers.
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Source: Washington Post