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December 20, 2010

Food safety bill expected to become law


In a surprise move, the Senate passed a food safety bill on Sunday that will become the first overhaul in decades.

The Washington Post reports that the measure fixes a technical glitch that almost scuttled the legislation. The Senate had added fees on companies that recall tainted food, but tax measures cannot origniate in that chamber.

The House is expected to pass the bill and President Obama is expected to sign it.

The measure had wide support from business and consumer groups, though there was some threat of a filibuster in the Senate.

Many groups pointed to new estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   that found 1 in 6  people get food poisoning a year, and 3,000 die.

The new legislation calls on businesses to come up with measures to prevent contamination, and new testing, rather than relying on government inspectors to catch tainted food in the factory. The measure does also call for more inspectors.

Some meat and egg products will be exempt because they are the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Think this bill will make food safer?

Associated Press photo of spinach after the 2006 E. coli. outbreak

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

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