Bipartisan bill proposes more power for FDA

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3/06/2009-Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Judd Greg (R-N.H.), Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) introduced a bill on March 3 that would expand FDA funding and give the agency more power to recall food, according to a Reuters article. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Amy Klobucher (D-Minn.), and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The legislation was introduced as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported that 677 people have been sickened in an outbreak of Salmonella traced to peanut products; the outbreak has affected more than 2,800 products. The bill would require food companies to submit detailed food safety plans while increasing FDA access to records during an emergency. Several bills have been introduced in Congress proposing food safety changes, but they have stalled. The support of democrats, republicans, food industry groups such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and even food manufactures such as Kraft, leads the proposing lawmakers to believe this bill will pass. Just last month, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced a bill that would create the Food Safety Administration and put an emphasis on preventing food contamination.

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