Yesterday the Senate passed, by a vote of 73 to 25, legislation which will improve the nation’s food safety regulatory system. The hope is that the bill’s provisions will prevent contaminated food from ever reaching consumers, rather than the current practice of waiting for an outbreak and then going after the offending food producer.
The New York Times reports that:
the bill could still die because there might not be enough time for the usual haggling between the Senate and the House, which passed its own version last year. Top House Democrats said Tuesday that they were considering simply passing the Senate version to speed approval but that no decision had been made.
I’ll keep you posted here.
In addition to the Times article, Fooducate also has a good round-up of the issues at stake.