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Senate Advances Food Safety Reform Bill

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unanimously approved by voice vote Nov. 18 legislation that would overhaul efforts to ensure the safety of imported and domestic food. The bill now moves to the full Senate, though it is unclear whether it will come up for a vote before the end of the year. The House passed its food safety legislation earlier this year.

As passed by the HELP committee, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) includes the following provisions.

Press sources report that committee members approved a handful of amendments to the bill before passing it but that none of these made substantive changes to the above provisions.

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