Agreement Sets Table for Food Safety Bill
November 22, 2010
A Senate agreement to move forward on S. 510 sets the table for passage of the most sweeping food safety legislation in more than 60 years.
More than three years after Senators Durbin, Gregg and Burr introduced legislation to make the prevention of food contamination the foundation of our food safety strategies, the Senate is poised to finally pass food safety legislation that will set tough new food safety standards (especially for certain fruits and vegetables), give FDA recall powers, provide FDA new tools to police imports, and require food companies to develop food safety plans. The bill will also increase food safety inspections.
S. 510 represents a rare moment of bipartisan agreement — the original bill was developed by two Republicans (Gregg and Burr), has 8 Republican co-sponsors, and 17 Republicans voted to proceed to the bill last week.
Now, one week from today, the Senate will have a chance to finish its work.
The agreement reached by Senate leaders late last week will an opponent of the bill to offer an alternative (and a few other unrelated amendments) before final passage. Senator Coburn’s alternative is expected to fail and be followed by a strong bipartisan vote in favor of S. 510 and adoption by the House.