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FDA reform bill includes new food safety measures.

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform bill recently cleared Congress and was accepted by President George W. Bush. The main focus of the bill is to expand labeling, tighten the regulation of drug advertising and give consumers access to information on clinical trials of drugs and medical devices. However, there were some provisions of the legislation regarding food safety.

The bill includes the following food safety measures:

* It requires the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department to establish processing and ingredient standards with regard to pet food, animal waste, and ingredient definitions.

* The legislation also requires the department to update standards for pet food labeling that include ingredient information.

* The measure also requires the HHS Department to establish an early warning and surveillance system to identify adulteration of the pet food supply.

* The bill requires all recalled products to be listed on FDA's Web site, and provides for the creation of an adulterated food registry of tainted food incidents.
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Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Date:Oct 1, 2007
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