Earlier this year, the food safety bill was passed, which places stricter standards on imported foods, give the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food.
Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally making progress on the new law, according to news reports .
Several measures took effect Jul 3, such as the authority to suspend food facility registration when it believes foods could pose a risk, according to news reports.
Timelines in the new law allow for key requirements and programs to be implemented with long lead times. Phasing in the new law-with its $1.4 billion price tag over the next 5 years- is expected to face tough headwinds in times of difficult federal budget constraints.
On Jun 16 the US House of Representatives cut $87 million from the FDA's food safety funding for fiscal year 2012, which some lawmakers said could slow the implementation of the FSMA, according to a Jun 17 Food Safety News report. The Senate has not started work on the main 2012 appropriations bills.
As a Beaufort personal injury lawyer , I'm glad to hear that President Obama is prepared to sign the food safety bill into law. I hope the measures in the bill can be quickly implemented and work toward reducing the number of foodborne illnesses. One in six Americans gets sick from food every year, and about 3,000 die from those illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While we don't handle this kind of product we feel that it's important to educate the community to help protect their health and safety. If you have been injured by a recalled product, you might wish to contact an Beaufort personal injury lawyer who can help.