The suspected link between the deaths of two Kentuckians and salmonella-tainted cantaloupes should spur President Barack Obama to free food-safety rules that are stuck in his White House.
Congress mandated the higher standards in a rare act of bipartisanship in late 2010. The Food Safety Modernization Act followed repeated outbreaks of illnesses from such seemingly innocent sources as spinach, eggs and peanuts.
The law's implementation is in limbo, waiting on the White House Office of Management and Budget to finish reviewing proposed regulations that were supposed to be out in January. The OMB says it's simply taking this long to give the complex regulations the vetting they need..."