"In January 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act. This act was supposed to begin a total overhaul of the FDA, including something that food safety advocates had been wanting for years: the power to order recalls of contaminated food. Prior to the act—and continuing now—recalls were voluntary.
Unfortunately, according to the Pew Health Center, the Consumers Union and other food safety organizations, the administration has not issued the necessary regulations to implement the law. As a result, outbreaks continue and Illinois is among the worst hit..."