"On January 4, President Barack Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law. The bill has been called a 'sweeping overhaul' of the Food and Drug Administration, the first major update to the FDA's powers since 1932.
Critics say that the bill, though ambitious, does not and cannot ensure an adequately safe food supply. Only by consumer demands for healthful, uncontaminated foods will food manufacturers and processors clean up their acts.
'This bill will actually require companies to actually identify hazards linked to their products, and to put controls in place to make sure those hazards don't arise during production,' said Caroline Smith DeWaal, the food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
'The biggest change is the focus on prevention,' said Douglas Karas, a spokesperson for the FDA..."