Leahy Looks To Fast-Track New Food Safety Penalties

Law360, New York (September 13, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT) -- Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced legislation Monday to strengthen criminal sentences for food safety violators, aiming to push through tougher penalties alongside comprehensive food safety legislation scheduled to hit the U.S. Senate floor this fall.

The Food Safety Accountability Act would, if passed, amend Chapter 47 of U.S. Code Title 18 to make it a crime for any individual to knowingly introduce or deliver into interstate commerce any tainted food, or to contaminate or mislabel any food already in the U.S. supply chain....
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