11/16/2010 - The lame-duck Congress has a lot of work to do, including wrestling with the Bush-era tax cuts, repealing the Pentagon’s discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and ratifying the New Start arms reduction treaty. It also needs to approve two food-related measures that are badly needed to protect the nation’s health. The good news is that a version of each has already passed one chamber, and both have strong bipartisan support.
The Senate needs to approve a House food safety bill that would significantly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to combat food-borne illnesses, including giving it the authority to recall contaminated products and other tools to prevent contaminated foods from reaching the marketplace in the first place.
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