Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Forget the Soup Nazi, Here Comes the Real Thing

The Senate has approved the first major overhaul of U.S. food safety laws in 70 years.

The measure now must be reconciled with a House version that was approved more than a year ago.

This is about Big Brother really messing with the food supply. "It really is a paradigm shift for the FDA. It moves the agency from reacting to outbreaks and recalls to preventing them," said Chris Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America.
Expect small food producers, who can't afford lobbyists, to be driven out of the business. Long-term it will mean less food supply and higher prices for all.

Under the legislation approved Tuesday, food producers would be required to develop plans for reducing contamination at production facilities. The FDA would gain expanded access to company records and step up inspections.

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