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Passed House amended (09/29/1983)

(Measure passed House, amended (inserted text of H. R. 2174))

Federal Anti-Tampering Act - Amends the Federal criminal code to make it a Federal offense for any person with reckless disregard to the risk involved to tamper or attempt to tamper with a food, drug, cosmetic or household device or its label.

Provides for a prison term of up to ten years and a fine of up to $25,000 for an attempt, or if serious bodily injury or death results, a prison term of up to 20 years or life, respectively; and a fine of up to $100,000. Imposes a fine of up to $50,000 or imprisonment up to ten years in any other case.

Establishes separate penalties for: (1) threatening to tamper with a food, drug, cosmetic, household device, or label; (2) knowingly communicating false information about an actual or alleged tampering; (3) conspiring to commit any of the offenses established by this Act; or (4) intending to cause serious injury injury to a business by such tampering.

Grants the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture authority to investigate violations of this Act.

Extends the patent term for the anesthetic forane for a period of five years and three months because of a regulatory delay with the Food and Drug Administration during which the application for the drug's approval was erroneously denied.