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Standards aim to strengthen food safety

In 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law after it passed Congress with strong bipartisan support. The law empowers the Food and Drug Administration to regulate about 80 percent of the food supply with the exceptions of meat and poultry. “As each of these contamination issues came forward in the news, I would clip the article and put it in a folder,” said Debra Strauss, an associate professor of business law at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., and a 27-year proponent of food safety reform. “I watched that folder expand, and I knew it would reach a critical mass where the public would demand change.”

Published in The News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida) on 4/6/13

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