Senate Votes for FDA Food Safety Overhaul

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While the agency would be authorized oversight over larger food processors and manufacturers, the bill exempts smaller food facilities from FDA oversight, including food facilities or farms with sales of $500,000 or less, or producers that sell half of their food to retailers, restaurants or consumers in the same state or within 275 miles.

"The consequences of inadequate food safety precautions have no boundaries as to size of operation, geography, nor commodity," Nineteen food industry organizations said in a letter to House leaders in November 2010.

Still, the legislation's supporters expect the bill to reach the House in early December. If passed, it would go to President Obama, who has already expressed his approval of the Senate's vote.

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