New Food Safety Law Facing Funding Hurdles

Now that President Obama has signed historic food-safety legislation into law, the coalition of food industry, public interest and consumer groups that supported the new law must convince the new Congress – including the majority Republican House of Representatives pledged to shrink the federal bureaucracy – to fund it.

The law aims to shift the mission of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from reacting to tainted food after an illness occurs to preventing outbreaks in the first place.

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