Tester is seeking to exempt small operations from the bill’s hazard-analysis and risk-based preventive controls.
Senate leaders have released a 225-page manager’s package of the Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510, a step which may make it easier to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote following summer recess. The exact timing of Senate floor time is still to be determined by leadership.
The six Senators who negotiated the package include Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), authors of the Food Safety Modernization Act Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), and lead cosponsors Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Burr (R-NC).
Two issues not addressed in the manager’s package but have been a part of the discussion of S. 510 are amendments that could be offered by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Tester (D-MT).
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