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Crisis Piques Interest in Food Safety Bill

A massive outbreak of salmonella in eggs in the U.S. is putting new energy into efforts to pass a long-stalled food-safety bill.

The bill is designed to overhaul the food-safety system, which has not been updated in decades.  It would expand federal regulators' powers to police food manufacturers. The legislation is currently stalled in the Senate despite bipartisan support.

According to USA Today:

“Among other things, the legislation would require more frequent government inspections of food manufacturing facilities and the creation of stronger mechanisms for tracing food-borne illness outbreaks back to their source. The bill also would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to order recalls of food that may be tainted with salmonella, E. coli O157:H7 and other contaminants.”

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