As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the FDA released safety guidelines to ensure imported produce is held to the same standards as U.S. products.
The FDA and USDA split food safety responsibilities currently. A total of 12 agencies enforce about 30 different laws.
Organic farmers are raising opposition to FDA food safety rules that will put the squeeze on small-production farms.
Over time, the sequester will lead to meat shortages, fewer FDA inspections of food processors, cuts to food banks and reductions in farmer credit.
The pair of proposed guidelines stresses the importance of preventing food-borne illness in the first place.
A new law could force the produce industry – from top to bottom -- to get serious about traceability.
The Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011, but progress on the laws it would create have stalled.
The California arrest of the "Rawesome Three" is casting a national spotlight on the controversy surrounding the right to consume or sell unpasteurized dairy.