U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has introduced a bill (S.3767) that would “hold violators of food safety standards accountable for their crimes.” The Food Safety Accountability Act would establish a new offense in the criminal code by making it unlawful for any person to knowingly introduce or deliver tainted or mislabeled food into the nation’s food supply. Among other things, it would allow federal prosecutors to seek prison sentences of up to 10 years. The proposal has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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