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Congress ready to pass ambitious food safety bill

The bill would give the FDA broad new powers to force recalls of tainted foods, regulate imported foods and ingredients, and conduct more frequent inspections of food-production facilities.

From the L.A. Times:

In a world where we get garlic from China, shellfish from Thailand and sugar cane from Mexico, Congress is poised to approve an ambitious food safety bill that would strengthen the nation's top regulator and impose new rules on domestic production and trading partners.

The legislation is aimed at preventing tainted food from entering the supply chain, sickening Americans and forcing massive recalls. It would give the Food and Drug Administration sweeping new powers to demand recalls and require importers to certify the safety of what they're bringing into this country.

Congress poised to pass ambitious food-safety bill

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