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Food Safety Bill Passes

This morning, the Senate passed the long-stalled food safety bill by a vote of 73 to 25: One of the few bipartisan efforts to get a pass this year, the legislation allows the Food and Drug Administration to police and crack down on unsafe foods before widespread outbreaks occur (in other words, the FDA now has the ability to mandate recalls on tainted products). The effect on small farmers — who have opposed the bill, "warn[ing] that the legislation would destroy their industry under a mountain of paperwork" — remains to be seen. [NYT]

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