Senate Approves Food Safety Crime Bill

Law360, New York (April 15, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would increase the criminal penalties for knowing and willful food safety violations that put consumers at risk of serious illness or death.

S. 216, the Food Safety Accountability Act, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would allow federal prosecutors to seek sentences of up to 10 years behind bars for individuals or entities that knowingly contaminate the food supply with the intent to mislead, defraud or endanger consumers.

The bill is co-sponsored by Sens....
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