Make Our Food Safe
03/28/2011

"Food safety law: Focus on prevention, boost to FDA authority"

Microbe Magazine | Jeffrey L. Fox

"President Obama early in January signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which Congress passed days earlier during a frenzied lameduck session (Microbe, February 2011, p. 54). The new law, the biggest overhaul of federal food safety legislation in decades, emphasizes the importance of preventing foodborne illness and grants significant new authority to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although many stakeholders- including food-safety experts, food producers and marketers, and consumer groups-welcome the new law, they already are voicing concerns that federal budget tightening and political maneuvering could undercut near-term efforts by FDA officials to implement some of its provisions..."

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