The Senate today passed a $1.4 billion food safety bill, by a vote of 73 to 25, which would give the Food and Drug Administration more government oversight.
Here are some key points to the Food Safety Modernization Act:
- The FDA would be able to recall tainted foods. (Right now, the FDA has to urge businesses to make voluntary recalls.)
- Bigger food processors and manufacturers would have to register with the FDA and outline their hazard prevention plans.
- The FDA will have to create new rules for produce safety and set stricter standards for imported foods.
- Inspections of domestic and foreign food facilities would increase, especially at the high-risk operations.
For more coverage of food safety, read tomorrow’s issue of Restaurant SmartBrief.