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Food Safety Bill Update Omits BPA Ban, Relief For Small Farmers

The Senate Health panel released a new bipartisan version of a food safety bill this week, which seeks to give the FDA more authority in food safety matters.

U.S. Capitol building

Photo: vpickering (flickr)

The new version of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act calls for expanded federal authority on food safety issues like contamination recalls.

A bipartisan congressional committee released an updated version of the Food Safety Modernization Act this week.

Some provisions that didn’t make it into this version are those offering relief to small farmers, exempting them from some of the bill’s new regulations.

Also missing was a ban on Bisphenol-a (BPA) in food and beverage containers.

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), one of the proponents of a BPA ban, said she would present an amendment to ban the chemical in baby bottles and other products intended for infants before the floor vote.

The bill is slated for a vote after the legislative recess comes to an end next month.

Read more:

  • Bisphenol A ban left out of Senate food safety compromise (The Hill)
  • Senate Strikes Bipartisan Agreement on Food Safety (Food Safety News)
  • Text of the compromise agreement (PDF)
Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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