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Franken hails change to food safety bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Al Franken today hailed changes to a food safety bill that he said would "make sure organic farmers in Minnesota do not face unnecessary burden by complying with this legislation"

The Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act would require increased inspections at food processing facilities. In the original draft of the bill, the FDA and Department of Agriculture would each be responsible regulatory agencies, potentially leading to two separate federal standards for regulating the same products. The current language requires the two to work together in implementing any new rules.

The legislation was originally introduced in the wake of a salmonella outbreak in late 2008 and early 2009, caused by contaminated peanut products.

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