Food safety law: Six ways it will make food safer

5. Focus on biggest risks

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    Distributors and receivers unload produce early in the morning before customers arrive at the Chelsea Wholesale Market in Chelsea, Mass., on Oct. 1, 2010. The new food-safety law requires the FDA to reevaluate food hazards every other year.
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Every two years, the FDA will reevaluate data and studies to determine the most important food contaminants, so it can give industry guidance about what to watch out for. The idea is to foster a risk-based approached at the agency – to focus on the biggest threats rather than current procedures. Reformers for years have been pushing the FDA to adopt a risk-based approach to regulating.

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