President Barack Obama signed the "FDA Food Safety Modernization Act" into law on January 4, 2011. The new law is the first major update to the food safety authorities of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in over 70 years. The FDA is charged with overseeing about 80 percent of the U.S. food supply — virtually everything except meat and poultry. The new law shifts the focus in food safety regulation from responding to safety problems to preventing them. This interactive graphic explains the key benefits that consumers should expect to see in five important areas.
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