What is in this article?:
- Obama signs Food Safety Modernization Act into law
- Will law make our food safer?
Questions linger, however, over funding of the sweeping food safety bill.
After such a rocky—and at times dramatic—road through the Congress, the Food Safety Modernization Act’s final journey across President Obama’s desk was rather anti-climatic. The President signed the historic food safety bill into law on January 4, giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more authority and better tools to prevent unsafe and contaminated food from sickening Americans.
But even before the ink dried on the President’s signature, Republican opponents of the bill were vowing to block the $1.4 billion in funding needed to execute the legislation.
“The food safety legislation will have to compete for funding with a litany of other priorities,” Fred Love, a spokesman for Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), who sits on the appropriations subcommittee that deals with the FDA, told the Los Angeles Times in an e-mail. “When one considers the record deficits our country faces and the renewed focus on fiscal restraint in the U.S. House of Representatives, it's going to be very difficult to find the money to pay for implementation of the bill.”