July 8th, 2009
07:43 AM ET
13 years ago

Feds outline new food-safety initiatives

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/HEALTH/07/07/food.safety.eggs/art.toll.house.gi.jpg caption="Recent salmonella outbreaks, including one at Nestle, were called unacceptable by federal officials Tuesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top Obama administration officials outlined several new initiatives to safeguard the country's food supply Tuesday, saying the recent spate of food-borne illnesses is unacceptable.

The FDA intends to issue new guidance over the next three months regarding steps the entire food industry can take to more quickly detect contamination sources and remove the unsafe products from stores.

A new position at the agency - deputy commissioner for foods - will be created for the sole purpose of overseeing food protection. The commissioner will be part of a "unified incident command system" established to address contamination outbreaks and facilitate responses at the federal, state, and local levels, officials said.

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