Food Safety Modernization Act

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Overview of Law

The law authorizes the FDA and the Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase inspections of many domestic food facilities, enhance detection of foodborne illness outbreaks, and order recalls of tainted food products. It requires most food companies to write and implement new safety protocols to mitigate potential hazards.

Food Safety Modernization Act Benefits & Positives

DatePositive Result\BenefitRank
01/04/11Small family farms selling locally exempted from federal regulations such as traceability and record keeping
01/04/11Safety of U.S. grown food improved with requirements for large factory farms to register all food handlers and maintain records relating to food safety
01/04/11Safety of imported food improved with new FSVP & VQIP programs that helps ensure it is safe, unadulterated and not misbranded