The U.S. House of Representatives has narrowly approved a farm bill with a provision that could delay implementation of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. The provision calls for the Food and Drug Administration to carry out a "scientific and economic analysis" of FSMA regulations before they can take effect. "It stops the food safety bill in its tracks because you don't know how long it will take the FDA to do this study," said Sandra Eskin of The Pew Charitable Trusts. "Congress worked really hard at getting the food safety act passed, and this amendment really undermines that law."

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