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Merkley Supports Food Safety Bill

The U.S. Senate passes a Food Safety Bill to protect families and small farmers.   The vote was 73 for, 25 against. The Bill helps modernize our food safety systems while giving small family farms reasonable exemptions to continue operating without unnecessary regulation.  Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, who supports the Bill, says the legislation will help pull our food safety systems into the 21st century and make it easier to trace contaminated food to its source and quickly get those foods off store shelves. The Bill now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed its own version of the Bill in 2009.

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