A Year Later, Democrats Still Fight Over Food Safety Bill

Dissension in the ranks has ensued over a landmark food safety bill, which had been expected to pass easily before new Senate provisions about potentially harmful chemical food packaging were added this spring. The Food Channel has been tracking the debate about BPA (the chemical in question) as well as the frustrating delays. The Washington Post reports on Democrats' fears and in-fighting:

Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) sent a sharply worded letter Friday to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), accusing her of holding up Senate action on a landmark food safety bill that easily passed the House on a bipartisan vote last July.

"This is the most awesomely frustrating thing I've ever undergone," Dingell said. "Seventy-six million people are sickened by bad food in this country every year, 300,000 go to the hospital and 5,000 die. And the Senate sits on this bill like a hen on an egg."

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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John Hendel is a writer based in Washington, DC, and a former producer at The Atlantic.

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