The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill tonight. Here are some basic objectives of the bill:
- The bill would, for the first time, give the F.D.A. (who oversee 80% of American food) the authority to test widely for dangerous pathogens and to recall contaminated food.
- The FDA would gain resources and authority to prevent food safety problems, rather than respond to them after people have become ill.
- The bill would also require large-scale, high-risk food-production plants get more frequent inspections.
- For the first time, imported foods would be subject to the same standards as those made in the United States.
- Small farms are exempt from the bill and may continue to be regulated under state and local laws.
- Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma is annoying.