BEEF SCARE SPURS USDA TO CONSIDER STRICTER RULES

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The recent food-safety scare involving meat from Hudson Foods, Rogers, Ark., has prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture here to dust off old legislation officials say would strengthen enforcement power over meat and poultry processors by allowing them to mandate recalls and levy stiff fines.Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman plans to ask Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to introduce

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The recent food-safety scare involving meat from Hudson Foods, Rogers, Ark., has prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture here to dust off old legislation officials say would strengthen enforcement power over meat and poultry processors by allowing them to mandate recalls and levy stiff fines.

Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman plans to ask Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to introduce the legislation, which is similar to bills the senator proposed in 1994 and 1995. I

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