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S. 3256 (96th): Food Safety and Quality Amendments of 1980

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A bill to assure the safety and quality of our Nation's meat, poultry, and egg products by providing the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to quarantine animals if he believes they may contain illegal residue levels; to strengthen the enforcement power of the Secretary under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act, and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 by providing authority to withdraw inspection services under certain conditions; to levy civil penalties for certain violations; and to provide consistent standards and penalties for bribery.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Dec 5, 1980
96th Congress (1979–1980)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on December 5, 1980, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


Herman Talmadge

Senator for Georgia




Dec 5, 1980

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S. 3256 (96th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3256. This is the one from the 96th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 96th Congress, which met from Jan 15, 1979 to Dec 16, 1980. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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