From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2011:
WASHINGTON D.C.–-U.S. President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011 signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act, the most extensive update of U.S. food safety legislation since 1938. The enforcement regulations are due to be completed by 2014.
Though not specifically an animal welfare bill, the Food Safety Modernization Act has huge implications for animal welfare, especially in regard to livestock and poultry disease control. The Food Safety Modernization Act specifically does not amend or supercede the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act, and the Packers & Stockyards Act. However, the act includes 28 specific mentions of animals. Most of the mentions stipulate that the provisions of the Food Safety & Modernization Act extend to protecting animal health as well as human health. Read more