"The massive egg recall of this summer, the peanut products recall of 2009, tomatoes pulled off the shelves two summers ago, and now a new twist in the saga to pass food safety legislation. After months of negotiations, a bill designed to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration by giving the agency the tools it needs to better protect the health of all Americans, may be stalled in Congress due to a 'technical' glitch.
In July 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2749. One week ago, the Senate passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) by a vote of 73-25. But the day after S. 510 passed in the Senate, the House of Representatives determined that, due to the S. 510's revenue provisions, the legislation technically should have originated in the House. The only way to fix this problem is through House action..."