UPDATE, Jan. 4: President Obama signed the bill on Jan. 4, 2010
The White House has announced that President Obama will sign the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act on Tuesday, Jan. 4, following his return from an eleven-day vacation in Hawaii. There is no signing ceremony planned, according to a White House spokesman.
After a long, contentious battle, the food safety bill received final Congressional approval on Dec. 21, 2010. It provides a sweeping overhaul of America's food safety system, and is a broad expansion of the power of the federal government over food and agriculture. Click here for a summary of the legislation.
While in Hawaii, President Obama signed H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (above).
Related: FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discuss the bill.
See also: Upcoming Obama food & Ag initiatives for 2011
*Photo by Pete Souza/White House