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Anti-tamper bill passes

Congress passed and President George W. Bush was expected to sign legislation making it illegal to insert illicit third-party materials into packaged food products.

The bill closes a loophole in existing consumer safety laws by prohibiting the placement of any form of representation or communication in or on a consumer product prior to its sale without the consent of the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer. Violators face fines of up to $250ꯠ and/or prison terms of up to three years.

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