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Senate passes food safety bill

December 19, 2010

Consumers Union Congratulates the Senate on Final Passage of Food Safety Bill

Consumers Union congratulates the Senate on passing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act by unanimous consent on Sunday evening, as the lame duck session plows through a series of important bills.
“This is a wonderful day for consumers. This day will be especially important to families whose children have suffered lasting damage to their health, and families who have even lost a child, because of contaminated food. Many of them have worked hard for this bill to prevent others from having to go through a similar ordeal. This bill gives FDA essential tools like mandatory recall authority to insure that the food we eat is safe,” said Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union.
“We expect the bill will go immediately to the House, where we hope for quick ratification next week, and then on to the President’s desk for signing. This bill, the first major overhaul of FDA food safety authority in 70 years, is a rare bipartisan measure, and we congratulate all in both houses who worked for its passage,” said Ami Gadhia, Policy Counsel at Consumers Union.

Naomi Starkman
Food Policy Media Consultant
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