Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Kevin's Law: the juvenile name for Tom Harkin's new bill [S.1103] attempting to give the USDA more authority to monitor food safety. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much teeth:
[Sec. 5(b)(1)] If the Secretary determines that an establishment fails to meet a requirement described in subsection (a) and that the establishment fails to take appropriate corrective action, as determined by the Secretary, the Secretary may refuse to allow any meat or meat product, or poultry or poultry product, subject to the standard and processed by the establishment to be labeled, marked, stamped or tagged as `inspected and passed'.
No fines, no shutdowns.

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