"After a year of waiting in line, legislation to promote food safety on Wednesday moved toward passage during the Senate’s lame-duck session.
Almost a year to the day after a unanimous committee vote, the long-stalled food-safety bill by Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) passed on a 74-25 procedural vote.
The Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the legislation on Nov. 18, 2009, in a 16-0 bipartisan vote. The measure was forced onto the back burner while the upper chamber grappled with healthcare and financial regulation reforms.
The House passed its version of the bill in July 2009 by a vote of 283-142.
The bill would require more frequent inspections at food-processing plants and would give the government more authority in food-recall cases..."