A changing legal landscape
In January 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law. This ground-breaking piece of legislation gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to prevent outbreaks rather than just responding to them. The law requires food facilities to implement and monitor effective measures to prevent contamination, conduct regular hazard analyses, and assess potential safety risks. Under these guidelines, the FDA has mandatory recall authority for all food products.