Editorial: "Congress finally protects consumers by updating FDA authority"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Amid all the controversy over tax cuts, gays in the military and a nuclear arms agreement, you may have missed the news that the lame-duck Congress finally approved the first update to food safety laws in more than 70 years.
The changes will allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to order recalls of tainted food products. Previously, the FDA had to convince distributors and processors to 'voluntarily' recall contaminated products — something distributors and processors occasionally were slow to do..."