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Food Safety Law Will Likely Strain FDA Science

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Science  21 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6015, pp. 270
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6015.270

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Contaminated food kills more than 3000 people each year in the United States and sickens more than 48 million, and recalls can cost the food industry many millions of dollars. A major food safety bill signed into law this month gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new powers and aims to shift the focus from response to prevention of food-borne illness.