WASHINGTON-- The Senate has passed a sweeping bill to make
food safer, sending it to the House in the waning days of Congress.
This is the second time the Senate has passed the bill, which
would give the government broad new powers to increase inspections
of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted
food. The chamber passed the bill for the first time three weeks
ago, but it was caught in a constitutional snag when senators
mistakenly included tax provisions that are by law supposed to
originate in the House.
The version of the legislation passed by the Senate on Sunday is
amended to avoid another such mishap.
The $1.4 billion bill would place stricter standards on imported
foods and require larger producers to follow tougher rules for
keeping food safe.