"The biggest overhaul of the U.S. food safety system in decades took a major step toward becoming law on Wednesday when House Democratic leaders folded it into a must-pass bill to fund the U.S. government.
The House passed the spending bill on Wednesday and the Senate was expected to consider it over the next few days as lawmakers push to complete their legislative session by the end of next week.
The food-safety legislation would give the government the power to order a food recall and would require foodmakers to write a plan to prevent in-plant contamination. Processing plants would be inspected more frequently. The bill covers processed foods, fruit and vegetables but not meat.
Both chambers of Congress have approved a food-safety overhaul but with some differences..."
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Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the senator. Ask to speak with the aide who handles food safety. After identifying yourself, tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message:
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• Please support food safety legislation that will likely come up for a vote very soon."