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New Food Safety Rules Shift FDA Focus To Prevention

Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled its products in April after they were linked to listeria cases in four states.
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You may have noticed the periodic recalls at your local supermarket, warning of listeria, e. coli or salmonella in recent shipments of produce or frozen goods. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans get sick annually from food-borne diseases.

After a 2010 law and a suit by advocacy groups to speed up the process, the FDA has come out with a new set of rules for food manufacturers that the agency hopes will prevent contamination before products reach the store, as the AP reports:

New federal food safety rules issued after deadly outbreaks “The food safety problems we face have one thing in common — they are largely preventable,” said Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods.