Leahy Revives Bill To Toughen Food Crime Penalties

Law360, New York (January 28, 2011, 4:38 PM EST) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is reintroducing legislation to increase penalties for the most egregious criminal violations of food safety standards.

S. 216, the Food Safety Accountability Act, was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. The bill was originally drafted in July as a companion measure to Congress' sweeping overhaul of food safety regulation and oversight.

According to Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, current statutes don't go far enough to punish individuals or companies that knowingly violate food safety laws with intent to mislead...
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