In order to make sure that food safety remains a high priority, the US Senate has just passed new legislation which is aimed a tightening the control that the government has over food manufacturers.
Under the new guidelines, the feds will have more control when it comes to increasing their inspections of food manufacturing plants and recalling tainted foods when they are discovered.
Recent outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella in the US which have killed many and sickened thousands have resulted in critics blasting the government for not doing enough to protect Americans from foodborne disease.
The bill, which will cost more than $1.4 billion to enact was passed in the Senate by a vote of 73-25.
“Today’s vote will finally give the FDA the tools it needs to help ensure that the food on dinner tables and store shelves is safe,” Richard Durbin, D-Ill, the bill’s primary sponsor, said in a statement.