12/21/2010 - The House has passed a sweeping bill aimed at making food safer following recent contaminations in peanuts, eggs and produce, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The legislation passed Tuesday would give the government broad new powers to inspect processing plants, order recalls and impose stricter standards for imported foods. The $1.4 billion bill would also require larger farms and food manufacturers to prepare detailed food safety plans and tell the Food and Drug Administration how they are working to keep their food safe at different stages of production.
"Really this is a major victory for every American who will sit down at the dinner table and have more confidence that their food is going to be safe," said Erik Olson, director of food and consumer product safety at the Pew Health Group.
Read the full article House Sends Food Safety Bill to President on The Washington Post's Web site.