"Promise of Food Safety Law Largely Unfulfilled"

Congress and the White House seem to be doing an about-face after promising the American public aggressive action on food safety two years ago.

"With thousands of Americans falling ill and public confidence shaken after a series of high-profile foodborne outbreaks several years ago involving consumer staples such as lettuce, peppers, peanuts and eggs, Congress and the White House moved aggressively to bring food safety into the 21st century.

But two years after President Obama signed a sweeping food safety bill into law, the rules at the heart of the largest food safety overhaul in more than 70 years have yet to be put in place, blocked by their sheer length, growing complexity and a White House that critics contend has delayed their implementation for political gain.

At the same time, the Food and Drug Administration, the government agency charged with implementing the new law, has been the victim of a push in Washington to rein in spending and some Republicans in Congress who have questioned the necessity and cost of the regulations."

Christopher Doering reports for Gannett/USA TODAY December 16, 2012.

Source: USA TODAY, 12/17/2012