The U.S. FDA recently issued its final rule implementing the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, a law making the most comprehensive revision to the U.S. food safety system in 70 years. The new rule focuses on insuring food security and preventing intentional adulteration, rather than responding to contamination, illness, or a crisis after the fact. Although the timing was coincidental, the terrorist attack in Nice, France during the summer shows how the failure to focus on seemingly mundane activities like the movement of a delivery van can have tragic consequences, and why this food security rule is essential.
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