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Obama Administration Tightens Food Safety Standards After Recent Round Of Recalls

08/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is trying to make Americans' food safer after recent recalls of popular products like peanut butter and cookie dough.

A food safety working group established by President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the government will try and boost the safety of some of the nation's most popular foods, announcing stricter rules for the production of eggs, poultry, beef, leafy greens, melons and tomatoes. The new standards are an effort to reduce instances of salmonella and E. coli contamination.

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