BILL INTRODUCED TO GIVE USDA POWER TO ORDER MEAT RECALLS

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- A measure that would give the federal government authority to order recalls of contaminated meat was introduced last week in the House and Senate.Sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., the measure also would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture authority to levy civil monetary penalties for violations of basic food-safety rules. The USDA currently

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- A measure that would give the federal government authority to order recalls of contaminated meat was introduced last week in the House and Senate.

Sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., the measure also would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture authority to levy civil monetary penalties for violations of basic food-safety rules. The USDA currently has authority to collect fines from violators of the Pecan Promotion Act and the

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