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    The Food Safety Modernization Act
    After years of debate, amendments, and lobbying from interest groups on all sides of the issue, and more than a year after the House had passed its version of the bill, today the Senate, in a rare bipartisan vote, overwhelmingly (73-25) passed The Food Safety Modernization Act.

    House members have indicated that they will approve the Senate version, so as not to require further drawn-out conference reconciliation debate.

    This is the biggest overhaul to food safety laws in 80 years, and now, for the first time, the FDA will be required, among other things, to regularly inspect farms and food processing facilities, something it does not currently do, and to set safety standards for imported foods. Most importantly, the bill for the first time gives the FDA authority to recall contaminated foods (Until now, consumers had to rely on food companies to voluntarily pull products from stores.)

    Contrary to unsupported arguments from critics of the bill, the Congressional Budget Office has said it will have a negligible impact on the federal deficit.
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    Is this the same bill that will make it potentially illegal for my grandfather to put out his tomato stand next year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    Is this the same bill that will make it potentially illegal for my grandfather to put out his tomato stand next year?
    That partisan fear tactic used to undercut the bill was specifically addressed in an amendment exempting small farmers and those who sell directly to consumers at farmers markets and farm stands.
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    Good. Glad to hear it.
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    BTW, wanted to add if there needed to be an amendment, it was probably poorly worded legislation. And I don't care which side introduced it, used the fear to their benefit etc.

    Both sides over legislate everything.
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    Amendments are done for a few different reasons, but the two of the three most common are to appease special interests, i.e., trade-offs for votes, and also to clarify ambiguities. This one seems to fit both of these.

    (The third is to sneak an unrelated measure into a bill that is likely to pass.)
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