House expected to pass food safety bill

December 21, 2010 1:42:12 PM PST
The House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill Tuesday that aims to make the food Americans eat safer.

The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration sweeping new powers to demand recalls. It would also require any food importer to certify that the food they are bringing into the country is safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says tainted food is responsible for 3,000 deaths and as many as 48 million cases of illness every year.