Historic Food Safety Bill Signed into Law

By Helena Bottemiller, Food Safety News

The legislation, widely hailed as the most sweeping update to U.S. food safety law since the Great Depression, survived a constitutional slip-up, repeated filibuster threats, fierce debate over controversial amendments, and managed to advance amidst a jam-packed legislative agenda in one of the most productive Congresses in recent history. In the last 18 months, food safety legislation cleared the Senate twice and the House three times.

The legislative saga ended quietly Tuesday after the president returned from a family vacation in Hawaii. He signed the bill into law–along with a stack of others, including bills aimed at improving shark conservation, pedestrian safety, and science education–with no formal signing ceremony or statement.

Industry, public health, and consumer groups praised the signing.

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