US Senate passes the Food Safety Modernisation Act

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, December 03, 2010

C. The U.S. Senate passed the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) of 2010 this week. This bill enlarges FDA’s legal and regulatory authority over food in nearly every sector.

The Senate passed the Food Safety Modernisation Act, as amended, by a vote of 73 to 25. The special interest group FDA Imports.com warned, that the bill would increase the price of food—indirectly, in the form of huge taxpayer expenditures and directly, in the form of higher prices—without a proportional improvement in food safety. It would create the perception of regulatory improvements, without cost-benefit analysis and without addressing FDA’s inability to manage or support its current food safety regimen.

Supporters of the bill claim that the Food Safety Modernisation Act is necessary to protect the public from compromised food.
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