The upshot is that food is now more closely scrutinized than at any time in history, and the Food Safety Modernization Act has been signed into law, but is that quieting the butterflies in your stomach?
Fear not, sushi fans - your favorite fish may not be off the menu for long.
Despite early fears from importers of Japanese seafood, once they're back in business, the country's currently imperiled fishing industry may not weather the same tide of consumer suspicion as their counterparts in the Gulf have. In the face of potential contamination from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, U.S. eaters of Hokkaido shrimp, abalone and freshly-flown-in sashimi are putting their faith in the government - mostly the Japanese government.
Ippei Nakao of Medallion Foods Inc., manning a booth at the recent International Boston Seafood Show said, "Consumers believe Japanese food is safe because Japanese standards are very strict."
Vendors and importers of Japanese fish at the International Boston Seafood Show weather customers' questions and concerns in the wake of radiation leaks from nuclear power plants in their country.
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When it comes to food - and pretty much everything else in my life - I have always been a creature of habit. This gets me into what I refer to as food ruts; I eat the same thing for breakfast or lunch (or both) for days, weeks, even months at a time, until I wear myself out completely and decide I can’t stand the sight of said food anymore.
Such was the case recently with almonds. I loved them. I couldn’t get enough. I put them on yogurt, oatmeal, salads, and ate ‘em by the heaping handful. Then, out of nowhere, my almond joy vanished.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the most sweeping overhaul of America's food safety system since 1938.
The legislation gives the federal Food and Drug Administration the authority to impose new rules to prevent contamination and allows the agency to order, rather than simply suggest, the recall of tainted foods. It also authorizes the creation of a food tracking system to quickly pinpoint the source of outbreaks.
The legislation requires producers to assess ways in which their products could be contaminated and to take steps to prevent such problems. It also requires importers to verify the safety of all foods they bring into the country.
The result will be a fundamental shift in the FDA's approach to food safety from reacting to foodborne illness outbreaks to preventing contamination in the first place, agency Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.
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UPDATE: The bill has now been signed into law by President Obama.
President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law the most-sweeping overhaul of America's food safety system since 1938 after he returns to Washington on Tuesday from a family vacation in Hawaii.
The bill allows for greater governmental regulation of the U.S. food system - recently in the national spotlight for numerous egg and produce recalls.
Among its provisions, the bill gives the federal Food and Drug Administration the authority to issue direct recalls of foods that are suspected to be tainted, rather than relying on individual producers to issue recalls voluntarily.
Currently, the FDA can negotiate with companies, but has no power to enact a mandatory recall.
A Texas distributor has expanded a recall already involving thousands of cases of produce over fears of salmonella cross-contamination in its processing facility, the company said.
The case is one of two apparently unrelated outbreaks that have sickened nearly 100 people in the United States and Canada.
J&D Produce, Inc. had previously announced the recall of nearly 7,000 cases of cilantro and curly parsley after samples in Quebec, Canada, and Michigan tested positive for the bacteria, the company said Monday.
The "precautionary, voluntary recall" pertains to cilantro and parsley packed between November 30 and December 6, the Edinburg, Texas-based company said in a statement. The produce was processed and branded as Little Bear between those dates can be taken to retailers for a full refund.
The company is also recalling 19 other types of produce that were run on the same packing lines, because the salmonella may have spread to those products as well.
Read the FULL STORY on CNN Health: "Parsley-cilantro recall expanded to include other vegetables"
UPDATE – The House has passed Food Safety Bill (S.510) 215 to 144 - with the provision of S.372, The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. The bill now goes to President Obama to sign.
Sanjay Gupta spoke with chef Tom Colicchio and RedState.com editor-in-chief Erick Erickson about the growing controversy over governmental oversight of food safety, spurred on by the recent unanimous Senate vote in favor of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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The bill, designed to increase government inspections of the food supply in the wake of recent deadly foodborne disease outbreaks, originally passed with wide support in both chambers. However, it faced an uncertain future, requiring re-approval because it violated a Constitutional requirement that bills that raise revenue initiate in the House. On Friday, Senate leadership aides on both sides of the aisle said Republicans objected to giving it quick approval in the waning days of the congressional session.
The Senate voted on the slightly modified bill on Sunday and S.510 is now expected to receive a final vote in the House before the President signs it into law.
A sweeping food safety bill that passed the House and Senate earlier this year before stalling because of a legislative technicality now will likely die because Republicans object to giving it quick approval in the waning days of the congressional session, Senate leadership aides on both sides of the aisle said Friday.
The bill, designed to increase government inspections of the food supply in the wake of recent deadly food borne disease outbreaks, originally passed with wide support in the both chambers. However, it needs approval again because it violated a Constitutional requirement that bills that raise revenue initiate in the House.