The Senate held hands, mostly, Tuesday night to pass the sweeping Food Safety Modernization Act by a vote of 73-25. The landmark food safety bill allows for increased federal inspections of food processing facilities and gives the FDA the authority to directly order recalls, shifting that power from a voluntary recall system determined exclusively by the offending companies themselves, when they feel like it.
After spates of recalls in the last year alone, including a massive, nationwide egg recall of nearly half a billion eggs and numerous deaths, the food safety overhaul seemed like an uncontroversial, obvious improvement to a broken system that fell far beyond the left-right paradigm of most modern politicking. It is apparently anything but, however, as Jon Stewart pointed out on the Daily Show last night.
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