Food Safety Bill to Finally Become Law
The long-anticipated food safety bill which cleared the Senate in late November and then the House before being sent back on a "procedural error" (you know, the kind that is found when the GOP decides that the government shouldn't be in the business of making laws unless rich people get tax breaks) has now shockingly passed both houses and will headed for Obama's desk.
Even though the bill is far from perfect -- TIME reports that it covers 80 percent of our food system regulated by the FDA and it excludes meat, poultry and most eggs (these are covered by the USDA and not the FDA) -- it's the first major reform of food safety legislation since 1938. So, to say that it's long over due is a bit of an understatement. The bill also made it through both houses (twice) with the Tester Amendment in place, which helps protect small farmers and producers -- also good news.
For more food news from this year, check out our story from Ari LeVaux, "The Year in Food: 2010's Best, Worst and Most Delicious Food Stories."