US: House of Representatives passes FDA food safety bill
The House of Representatives today passed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Bill for a third time by a vote of 215 to 144.
During consideration in the Senate, S. 510, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act was attached as a substitute to H.R. 2751. The Senate passed H.R. 2751 during a rare weekend session on Sunday, December 19, 2010, by unanimous consent.
H.R. 2751 would increase government oversight of the food sector by expanding the FDA authority with mandatory recalls, increased inspection rates, collection of fees and require all facilities to have a food safety plan. The bill now heads to the President for his signature.
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