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Commissioner's Statement on the Food Safety Modernization Act


Statement by Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, December 21, 2010

Today's passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act has laid the critical foundation for a prevention-based 21st Century food safety system. This law makes everyone responsible and accountable at each step in today's global food supply chain. Under this new law, FDA will now have new prevention-focused tools, as well as a clear regulatory framework, to help make substantial improvements in our approach to food safety. Preventing foodborne illness is a core public health principle that is especially critical in an increasingly complex and globalized world. This law helps us take the critical steps toward strengthening the food safety system that is vital to the health and security of the American people.