Listeria and salmonella frequently make the news. Outbreaks of illness and recalls of contaminated food led to Congress passing the Food Safety Modernization Act. The FDA calls it the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in the last 70 years.
The goal is to prevent problems, rather than focusing on outbreaks after the fact. All of these changes will affect everyone who grows produce, with larger growers facing even greater oversight.
Abbey Willard with the Vermont Agriculture Agency tells us about part of the law and the impact here.