"A broad coalition'of business and consumer groups is requesting that the Senate schedule a vote on food-safety legislation "at the soonest possible date.'
Twenty-two organizations representing the food industry, consumers and public health advocates wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last week to urge action on the bill. On Monday five of the signing groups held a joint press conference at the Grocery Manufacturers Association to urge passage of "strong food-safety legislation [that] will reduce the risk of contamination and thereby better protect public health and safety."
The stalled legislation would give the Food and Drug Administration power to recall tainted food, quarantine geographical areas and access food producers’ records. Similar legislation passed the House in July 2009 ... "