A federal judge in California questioned whether setting new deadlines for the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 would be less arbitrary and difficult to meet than those set by Congress. The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit last year over the hundreds of deadlines that they say the FDA has not met as it works to implement the law, including setting up seven key food-safety regulations. FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor said the agency has made progress, pointing to proposed rules for preventive controls in food facilities and for production and harvesting of vegetables and fruits.

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