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The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new electronic food registry that requires and enables food companies to report any contamination issues within 24 hours – not just issues that already have gotten people sick.

“Under the new program, companies would report a problem if, for example, they suspect bacterial contamination such as salmonella,” the Journal writes. “The FDA will be able to ask companies for more information about the potential contamination and may ask them to conduct an internal investigation.

“Companies that don't report potential food-borne outbreaks within 24 hours may face an injunction, fines or other punishment. Prior to the launch, many companies submitted reports of potential outbreaks to the FDA voluntarily.”
KC's View:
It sounds like this is a strong step in continuing efforts to strengthen the nation’s food safety system. Hopefully, it will go a long way to stabilizing decline sin consumer confidence.