Senate Passes Food Safety Reform Bill

According to Nation Restaurant News, “National Restaurant Association executives praised the U.S. Senate’s passage of a sweeping food-safety enhancement law, but said they were disappointed the measure did not include a provision to eliminate a paperwork “burden” on businesses passed earlier this year as part of the health care reform law.”

“The Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act, or S. 510, which passed on Tuesday by a bipartisan vote of 73 to 25, would empower the Food and Drug Administration to order recalls of tainted foods, increase inspections of domestic and foreign food facilities, and require the FDA to draft new rules for the growers and processors of higher-risk fruits and vegetables.The measure also calls for the creation of stricter food-safety standards for imported foods and better coordination in the surveillance of foodborne illness by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and state health departments.”

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