Senate Passes Overhaul Of Food Safety Regulations

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WASHINGTON — After stalling for more than a year, a sweeping food-safety bill passed with bipartisan support in the Senate on Tuesday, paving the way for increased federal inspections and other preventative measures. The vote was 73 to 25.

Though the bill has yet to be reconciled with a previous version passed by the House in July 2009, there has been some indication that the House will adopt the Senate’s bill, a senior Democratic aide tells HuffPost.

The Food Safety Modernization Act would strengthen the power of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which oversees 80 percent of the nation’s food supply, vastly improving its ability to ensure safety.

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