Gallery: US Senate Passes Biggest Food Safety Bill Overhaul Since 30s


The US Senate has approved the biggest overhaul to the United States’ food safety laws since the 1930s. The new food safety bill, which passed 73 to 25 votes, will empower the Food and Drug Administration to place new responsibilities on farmers and food companies in order to prevent contamination as well as set safety standards for imported foods, and comes as the United States has seen a host of food poisoning outbreaks linked to a wide range of products including eggs, peanuts and spinach. Such cases saw thousands made ill with over a dozen killed, and one high profile instance even saw a woman die after eating peanut butter because it was contaminated with Salmonella. It is no surprise that such a concern bridged any bi-partisan disputes, leading to the bill being passed by such a huge margin.

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  1. Calmeida December 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Another nail in the small farmer’s coffin. food should be a regional Business. Not a national one.

  2. jcarrion1976 December 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    It’s big agriculture and the mass production of factory food that makes widespread contamination of foods even possible. Enacting new legislation and onerous regulations provide another barrier to small business and family farms. Exactly what big business wants.

  3. Interocitor December 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    It can’t do anything to raise the price of meat because this bill will do nothing to affect meat or poultry processing, as all those plants and procedures fall under Dept. of Agriculture oversight.

    For all its good intentions, this bill may do more to kill off even more small and organic farmers than it will to help them.

  4. mkass December 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    This is a good first step. Now we need to knock out the false data campaigns that the BigFood and BigAg companies have been running for decades to keep the general public confused and bewildered about nutrition and health.

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