Food Inspection Changes Worry State Officials

A bill making its way through Congress is causing quite a stir among Florida's Department of Agriculture, Association of Food and Drug officials, and a host of state attorneys general.

The National Uniformity for Food Act provides for national, uniform food safety standards and warning requirements, yet Florida's Department of Agriculture says the act leaves citizens vulnerable.

Critics argue the act prevents states from enforcing their own food safety laws unless they are identical to federal laws.

Florida officials argue they shouldn't have to dumb down their standards to match those of the FDA.

Eighty percent of food inspected is inspected at the state and local levels- the act would reverse that.

The bill was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives; a Senate bill is expected this month.

Critics of the proposed change are calling on Florida politicians to oppose the legislation.