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The Associated Press January 4, 2011, 3:06AM ET

Obama to sign bill to improve nation's food safety

When tainted peanuts sickened hundreds of people, President Barack Obama joined millions of parents who wanted the government to do a better job of keeping peanut butter and other foods safe for their kids to eat.

On Tuesday, Obama is getting a chance to ease such fears about the food supply.

The president is set to sign a bill that overhauls the food safety system by giving the federal government new powers over inspections at food processing facilities and companies that produce tainted products.

Congress passed the bill to respond to several outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella poisoning in peanuts, eggs and produce in the past few years. The law will be the first major overhaul of the U.S. food safety system since the 1930s.

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