Source: The Packer

A procedural issue in the House of Representatives slowed momentum for food safety legislation in the waning days of Congress' lame duck session, but backers of the legislation vow to pass it by mid-December.

The Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510, passed by a 73-25 vote Nov. 30 in the Senate and appeared poised for passage in the House and approval by President Obama before the end of the year.

However, the Senate food safety bill includes measures that would raise revenues from inspection activities and other methods. Because tax provisions are supposed to originate in the House of Representatives, lawmakers were prevented from passing the Senate's food safety reform bill as they received it.

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