Food safety is about to change big time

Food safety is about to change big time

New food regulations may change how you eat.

New rules on food safety are about to change how you eat.

New government regulations have resulted in increased oversight of farms in the wake of a number of outbreaks of deadly foodborne illnesses like salmonella and E. coli, which have been linked to a number of deaths, according to an news reports.

Listeria has been one of the diseases linked to a number of outbreaks, infecting many common foods like cucumbers and melons. The medical community estimates about one in six Americans get sick from food each year.

As a result of these recent foodborne outbreaks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has enacted new rules aimed at driving down those numbers. The are a part of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. Michael Taylor, an FDA official, said: “These rules, for the first time, establish enforceable safety standards of production and harvesting of produce, and make importers accountable for the safety of the food they bring into the United States.”

Leafy greens appear to be a culprit in recent outbreaks, particularly cantaloupes and herbs like cilantro.

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