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Food-safety reform overdue

After years of foot-dragging, it was good that the Senate finally passed Tuesday an overhaul of the nation's food-safety system. Though the Senate bill still must be reconciled with the House version and doesn't go as far as it should in some areas, it grants the Food and Drug Administration needed authority to demand food recalls and greater control over food imports — oversight powers most Americans likely assumed the FDA already had. Regrettably for Kansans, GOP Sen. Pat Roberts was one of the 25 "no" votes, and Sen. Sam Brownback didn't vote.