Florida Battles Feds For Food Safety

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A food safety bill that's winding through Congress has grabbed the attention of the Florida Department of Agriculture and other groups. It's called the National Uniformity for Food Act. The bill would give the FDA authority to regulate all issues dealing with food safety -including milk, shellfish and restaurant safety.

Terry McElroy of the state Agriculture Department says Florida is against it.

McELROY: We fear that it would essentially pre-empt state regulation and there are some areas where the states are a bit more aggressive than the federal government and find emerging problems that we don't think we'd be able to adequately address if we were pre-empted in this area by the federal government.

Some environmental and research groups say state regulators are the last line of defense in protecting the country's food supply.

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