The fear of new and existing targets of terrorism have extended to our food. According to a recent article in Harvest Public Media, the Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules for domestic and foreign companies providing food to the U.S.
This legislation was crafted to protect food coming from both domestic and foreign food facilities during distribution.
The law, called the Food Safety Modernization Act, was signed by President Obama on January 4, 2011 and has since been slowly put into effect. This food safety authority has been the largest in over 70 years and will take longer than normal to be fully effective -- in fact, the enactment date hasn't yet been set because guidance regulations are still being processed through Congress, according to the FDA.
This proposal will regulate the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of a any produce within the U.S. All food distribution will run through regulations set up in the Food Safety Modernization Act.
While the act is still undergoing changes, it's progress can be followed as it makes it's way through the government processes.
To see how this proposed act will work to protect both consumers and producers, read the full article at Harvest Public Media.