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Will spinach reheat NUFA?

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Consumers Union cites the recent contamination of fresh spinach with E. coli bacteria as a reason to oppose passage of the National Uniformity for Food Act (S 3128). The bill, which would unify warning label requirements and preempt state-imposed requirements like California's Prop 65, passed the House in February with an amendment exempting warnings related to dietary supplements. No action has been taken on NUFA since a July Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee hearing, and Consumers Union does not think the bill will be taken up during the lame-duck session. Congress "is not really doing much of a substantive nature between now and the new session," a spokesperson said (1"The Tan Sheet" July 31, 2006, In Brief). However, the group expects NUFA will be reintroduced into the new Congress and notes Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opposes the bill. Supplement trade groups have not heard rumblings on the Hill about new movement on the bill in light of the spinach contamination...

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