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Obama To Sign Food Safety Law Today

The Wall Street Journal: FDA Prepares To Enact New Food-Safety Law
The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to enact provisions of the new food-safety bill that was passed by Congress in the waning days of 2010 and is expected to be signed into law Tuesday (Tomson, 1/4).

Bloomberg: Obama Will Sign Food-Safety Law Today As Funding Battle Looms
President Barack Obama will sign a $1.4 billion food-safety bill today that marks the biggest change to oversight of the food industry since 1938 and sets up a funding fight with Republicans poised to take over the House. The House subcommittee that monitors the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's budget may be unwilling to spend that much on the legislation, said Representative Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican who is in line to become chairman of the panel (Peterson, 1/4).

The Associated Press: Obama To Sign Bill To Improve Nation's Food Safety
On Tuesday, Obama is getting a chance to allay people's fears about the safety of their food. He is set to sign a $1.4 billion overhaul of the food safety system, giving Washington new power to increase inspections at food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted products. Congress passed the bill at the end of last year to respond to several serious outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella poisoning in peanuts, eggs and produce in the past few years (1/4).

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