(Associated Press) The FDA and USDA are announcing today they will adopt new standards recommended by a government food-safety panel, according to an Associated Press story.
New safety standards aimed at reducing salmonella and E. coli outbreaks are part of a
The panel was to announce Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department would adopt the standards, which follow a string of breakdowns in food safety.
Earlier this year a massive salmonella outbreak in peanut products sickened hundreds, was suspected of causing nine deaths and led to one of the largest product recalls in
In March, Obama said he would create a special advisory group to coordinate antiquated food safety laws and recommend ways to update them. The FDA does not have enough money or workers to conduct annual inspections at more than a fraction of the 150,000 food processing plants and warehouses in the country, Obama said.
Under the new rules:
- The FDA will help the food industry establish better tracing systems to track the origins of a bacterial outbreak.
- A new network will be established to help the many agencies that regulate food safety to communicate better.
- Egg and poultry producers will have to follow new standards designed to reduce salmonella contamination.
- The Food Safety Inspection Service, the Agriculture Department agency that inspects meat, will increase sampling of ground beef ingredients in an effort to better find E. coli contamination.
- The FDA will recommend ways that producers of leafy greens, melons and tomatoes can reduce disease strains, and require stricter standards in those industries within two years.