Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety Regulations
By GARDINER HARRIS and WILLIAM NEUMANNew York Times Published: November 30, 2010
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the
nation’s food-safety system, after recalls of tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach that sickened thousands and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight.
The legislation, which passed by a vote of 73 to 25, would greatly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that in recent decades focused more on policing medical products than ensuring the safety of foods. The bill is intended to get
the government to crack down on unsafe foods before they harm people rather than after outbreaks occur. (READ MORE)