Missouri House Approves Bill Expanding Food Producers’ Ability to Sue

March 9, 2016

The Missouri House has passed a bill that would make it easier for food producers to sue people for spreading false information about their products.

Lawmakers voted 131-23 to send the bill to the Senate. The proposal would allow producers of perishable food to sue people who knowingly spread false information that their food is unsafe.

Republican Rep. Joe Don McGaugh says he proposed the bill in response to misleading news stories about a meat-based additive that critics have called pink slime. He said he wants to ensure the public is getting information based on scientific fact.

Opponents of the bill said the bill could infringe on First Amendment rights. Rep. Margo McNeil said she didn’t want to hinder debate over potentially unsafe foods or genetically-modified food.

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  • March 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm
    They are peas in a pod says:
    One could consider that "Pink Slime" refers to any politician.
  • March 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    steve says:
    Ah, yes. Those Dems. the entire mindset of the party is about getting "Other Peoples Money". either thru socialism or by the courts.
  • March 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm
    RetiredUW says:
    Ah, yes. The GOP - the party of "less government."
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