Food safety

Poll shows support for food-safety spending ahead of budget markup

The poll of 1,015 likely voters was conducted by the bipartisan team of Hart Research and American Viewpoint. Pew also polled likely voters in the districts of Appropriations chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and agriculture subpanel chairman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and found similar levels of support for the new law.

The Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January after gaining bipartisan majorities in both chambers. The legislation gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to recall tainted food, quarantine geographical areas and access food producers’ records.

Kingston’s panel is scheduled to take up the agriculture budget for 2012 on Tuesday, with the full committee following suit on May 31.


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