The Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law by President Obama in January 2011, was designed to shift the focus of federal regulators from reacting to deadly outbreaks — like last summer’s listeria-tainted cantaloupe — to preventing them. The legislation would require new safety plans from food companies, better standards for fresh produce, and more vigilance from importers and inspectors. The most vital rules were due on Jan. 4, but the Office of Management and Budget has still not published the drafts for public comment..."

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