Food-safety bill stalls in Senate
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SACRAMENTO A food-safety campaign
to tighten up the standard for meat served in schools and to give the state
new power to recall contaminated food largely stalled Wednesday in the
Senators rejected Senate Bill 416 by Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, that
would have authorized schools to buy meat and poultry that hadn't been
routinely treated with antibiotic drugs.
It also would have required state
school officials to collect and report to the Legislature on information
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the use of antibiotics in
meat going to California schools.
Originally, SB 416 would have
banned serving meat and poultry in schools that had been routinely treated
The legislators approved SB 173 by
Florez, but instead of mandating recalls as originally proposed, it only
allows state public-health officials to adopt regulations for voluntary
SB 173 next goes to the Assembly
and SB 416 could be reconsidered by the Senate.
Before the final votes, Florez
said he was just trying to get his bills to the Assembly when he might try
to strengthen them again.
"In order to keep our bills
alive on very heavy topics, we are going to keep that [discussion on them]
going as they go to the Assembly," Florez said.
Both bills had been opposed by
agricultural groups, while medical groups were divided on animals treated
The Senate also passed Florez's
measure, SB 550, requiring that grocers with the technical capability alert
their employees and customers whenever a recalled product is scanned.