Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urged Congress to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in his remarks Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. “Unfortunately for many Americans, falling ill from contaminated food has become all too regular,” Reid said. He described the experiences of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush, both…

The $180-billion “minibus” package of appropriations bills to fund agriculture and other government programs for fiscal 2015 was pulled from the Senate floor Thursday afternoon by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) after his attempt failed to require 60 votes to adopt any amendments. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected to the so-called “supermajority” requirement

As a boy growing up in the Midwest with rivers and lakes and the occasional hill, I always thought I was in the best place. Then came the Elvis Presley movie, “Fun in Acapulco.” The main set piece for this musical comedy was something that brought me endless fascination – a 136 foot cliff used…

It’s Christmas and time for Food Safety News to present its second annual Nice List.  

For the nice, being on our Nice List is as good as it gets, although those named should not expect anything more (from us) than this:

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Though Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives, Democrats maintained narrow control of the Senate in Tuesday’s midterm election, a reality that will likely not impact the fate of the pending FDA Food Safety Modernization Act slated for a cloture vote during the lame duck session in November.

At press time, Senate Democrats were …

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the food safety bill late yesterday, a move that will ready the measure for a vote after the midterm election, an aide told Food Safety News.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act has stalled in recent weeks despite heightened concerns about food safety following a …

Despite a flurry of rumors to the contrary, the food safety bill pending in the Senate does not appear to moving anywhere fast.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “hotlined” the bipartisan bill yesterday, notifying senators that the legislation is ready to be considered under unanimous consent, a critical step forward, if no one objects to …

Food safety legislation that had picked up steam in the wake of a massive egg recall has hit a major snag.  On the Senate floor Thursday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) objection to the bill’s price tag meant the Senate was unlikely to take up the measure before the contentious …

Linda Rivera, a Reno, Nevada woman who contracted E. coli from cookie dough and has been battling for her life for the past fifteen months, has been promised the Senate will move on the pending food safety bill, S. 510–the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. 

A constituent of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rivera …

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Tuesday he hopes to pass pending food safety legislation and the child nutrition reauthorization, two major food bills, before August recess. 
 
Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), the primary sponsor of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which was unanimously voted out of committee in November, told POLITICO’s …

Poll Puts Pressure on Senate Majority Leader to Schedule Food Safety Bill for a Vote

Eighty-two percent of Nevada voters say they support the food safety legislation pending in the Senate, according to a poll (pdf) released yesterday by the Make Our Food Coalition in a move to put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry…