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Beefing It Up: Foodborne Illness Leads to Calls for Action

The Food and Drug Administration has a new commissioner.


The FDA, for example, doesn't have the authority to mandate a food recall. But that may soon change. "They have to rely on pressuring the industry and making things public to get a company to conduct a recall," Campbell says. "That's one law I think will be specifically targeted, and it's the subject of a lot of the acts that are up in Congress."

One of those bills is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn, introduced in the House on Feb. 4. The FSMA would split the FDA into two separate agencies--one exclusively dedicated to regulating the food industry and the other specifically governing drugs and medical devices.

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