Democrats are aiming to vamp up the Food and Drug Administrations powers to keep food safe by passing a bill that allows $1.4 billion to increase inspections of food facilities, place stricter standards on imported foods and give the agency broader authority to order a recall.
The bill stalled after the Senate overwhelmingly passed it last week because the bill contained fees that are considered tax provisions and under the Constitution such legislation must originate in the House.
The bill would also require larger producers to keep detailed food safety plans and follow stricter standards for keeping food safe, which is leading many supporters to say passage is critical after widespread outbreaks of salmonella and E. coli in peanuts, eggs and produce.
Republican opponents of the bill say the new FDA oversight would be burdensome for farmers and also blocked the bill for months because "it wasn't paid for".
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