New food safety guidelines for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been developed in an effort to avoid food contaminations like the recent Nestlé E. coli outbreak. The initiatives were outlined by Vice President Joe Biden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Some of the measures include:
The FDA's current limitations were highlighted in the recent recall of Nestlé cookie dough. During FDA inspection tours of the company's plant over the past few years, Nestlé denied inspectors access to complaint logs, pest-control records, as well as other information, which was within the company's rights. The new guidelines would require companies to hand over that information.
In the United States, about 5,000 people die and tens of millions of people become sick each year because of contaminated foods.