Bill Would Attach Felony Time To Food Safety Crimes

Law360, New York (July 29, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Thursday unveiled legislation that would authorize federal prosecutors to bring felony charges against people caught knowingly allowing contaminated food to enter the U.S. supply chain.

The Food Safety Enhancement Act is designed to give the U.S. Department of Justice the tools it needs to investigate, prosecute and effectively deter food safety crimes, Leahy said in a Senate floor speech.

“Current statutes do not provide sufficient criminal sanctions for those who knowingly violate our food safety laws,” Leahy said. “The bill I...
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