If it's before lunch, you may want to think twice about directing your browser to foodsafety.gov, the new federal clearinghouse for keeping people safe when they eat. With lists of recalled products and descriptions of food poisoning symptoms, it's full of information and resources for the "fear of food" generation, inspired by such scandals as the salmonella-contaminated peanut products first detected in Minnesota. Those problems prompted renewed vows in Washington to improve safeguards of the nation's victuals. The Associated Press reports that the Food and Drug Administration also this month "announced more stringent rules for reporting potential contaminations and the creation of a new electronic database for manufacturers to use to report food safety issues." So if you get sick after gobbling those bean sprouts, that hamburger or those chocolate-covered peanuts, now you know where to report it.

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