F.D.A. Offers Sweeping Rules to Stop Food Contamination

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Stephanie Strom

01/04/2013 - "The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed two sweeping rules aimed at preventing the contamination of produce and processed foods, taking a long-awaited step toward codifying the food safety law that Congress passed two years ago.

The proposed rules represent a sea change in the way the agency polices food, a process that currently involves swinging into action after food contamination has been identified."

"One such preventive measure might be the roasting of raw peanuts at a temperature guaranteed to kill salmonella bacteria, which has been a problem in nut butters in recent years. Roasted nuts might then be sequestered from incoming raw nuts to further reduce the risk of contamination, said Sandra B. Eskin, director of the safe food campaign at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

'This is very good news for consumers,' Ms. Eskin said. 'We applaud the administration’s action, which demonstrates its strong commitment to making our food safer.'" 

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