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Bill Introduced to Protect Junk Food Companies from Lawsuits

From Agribusiness Examiner #231
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Legislation that would make consumers responsible for what they eat ---
"Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" --- has been introduced by
Rep. Keller (R-FL) in the House of Representatives. The bill would protect
the food industry from lawsuits such as those recently filed against
fast-food chains by several obese consumers.

The bill H.R. 339 is intended to prevent frivolous lawsuits against food
producers and sellers. "The manufacturer, distributor, or seller of a food
or non-alcoholic beverage product intended for human consumption shall not
be subject to civil liability, in Federal or State court, whether stated in
terms of negligence, strict liability, absolute liability, breach of
warranty, or State statutory cause of action, relating to consumption of
food or non-alcoholic beverage products unless the plaintiff proves that at
the time of sale, the product was not in compliance with applicable
statutory and regulatory requirements."

Text of the bill can be seen at:


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