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Some Emerging Food Safety Issues For 2011

Dan Flynn - Food Safety News/aff Media Monitoring


Last year, waiting and watching for the 111th Congress to hatch a new food safety bill was the dominant food safety news story. Congress will continue to make food safety news in 2011, but mostly through oversight and appropriations activities. The window that was open for reform in the last session of Congress has now closed. No single federal food agency will be created, and USDA's regulation of beef, pork, poultry and egg production will go unchallenged. States are antsy about a nu

Last year, waiting and watching for the 111th Congress to hatch a new food safety bill was the dominant food safety news story.

Congress will continue to make food safety news in 2011, but mostly through oversight and appropriations activities.

The window that was open for reform in the last session of Congress has now closed. No single federal food agency will be created, and USDA's regulation of beef, pork, poultry and egg production will go unchallenged.

States are antsy about a number of food safety issues. More exemptions from regulation of small scale food producers, more loopholes for raw milk, and more pressure to accept state-inspected small meat plants are all possibilities for statehouse action.

Regulations & Enforcement

After the poor job it did implementing the new egg rule in 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be closely watched as it puts the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act into effect.


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