A new rule promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration will require food makers to alert government officials of potentially contaminated products within 24 hours. The new rule is designed to help federal regulators spot food safety issues sooner. The FDA announced a new electronic database last month where manufacturers must notify the government if they believe one of their products is likely to cause sickness or death in people or animals. Regulators said the database will help the FDA prevent widespread illness from contaminated products and direct inspectors to plants that pose a high safety concern.
The law creating the database was passed in 2007, after Congress criticized the FDA for its handling of safety problems with a range of foods and drugs. The FDA has had all sorts of problems since then trying to manage a number of food-safety recalls, including national outbreaks of salmonella. President Barack Obama has pledged to improve the safety of the nation’s food supply and that’s good news. Hopefully, this new rule will benefit regulators in their efforts to improve our food safety system.
Source: Associated Press
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