The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 has passed the U.S. senate.
The bill focuses on preventing illnesses, by ensuring safety through the entire food production process. Under this legislation, food processors are required to identify potential hazards in their production processes and put in place programs to eliminate those hazards. The bill also requires the FDA to inspect all food facilities more frequently and allows them to recall contaminated food.
For more information, see this press release from the Trust for America’s Health
In addition, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted materials online from its webinar on Melamine, the cause of pet food and infant formula recalls: http://fdatransparencyblog.fda.gov/2010/12/09/materials-available-from-fda-basics-webinar-on-melamine-the-cause-of-the-pet-food-and-infant-formula-recalls/