Food Safety Amendments Slow Down Senate Farm Bill

Law360, New York (June 14, 2012, 7:07 PM ET) -- A nearly $1 trillion bill establishing U.S. agriculture policy, known as the farm bill, remained stalled in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, held up by proposed food safety amendments that would increase criminal penalties for violations and repeal catfish import reforms, among other measures.

Those two amendments were among the hundreds that lawmakers are attempting to attach to S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012. The legislation, which sets the nation's agriculture, nutrition, conservation and forestry policies, is reauthorized every five years....
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