Senate Panel OKs Stiffer Food Safety Penalties

Law360, New York (September 23, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation fast-tracked by chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to strengthen criminal penalties for food safety violators.

Committee members unanimously cleared S. 3767, the Food Safety Accountability Act, which is sponsored by Leahy along with Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

If passed, the bill would 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...
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