America hasn't made major changes to its food-safety laws since the 1930s, so it probably should come as no surprise that - once a decision was finally made to update them - it took two more years to generate new regulations.
But the Food and Drug Administration's menu for reform is now mostly assembled, and that's welcome news. For decades, federal regulators have reacted to outbreaks of foodborne illnesses rather than working aggressively to prevent them.
The Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011, will increase the frequency of inspections and require food suppliers to provide more detailed safety plans, among other things.
The first round of rules, released earlier this month, focuses on farm produce and food processing. New regulations for imported food are expected soon, according to The Washington Post.