Are you in a food services business? On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act which is intended to improve the sanitation practices associated with food handling in the United States. The FDA has jurisdiction under this law. On April 6, 2011, the Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, which is responsible for implementation of this "historic legislation," testified that the FDA is working on the first fifty (you read that right) new Proposed Rules affecting the food industry. And, yes, the FDA has established an implementation team entitled "Fees." The FDA also has an implementation team entitled "Prevention Standards" which will regulate microbial contamination. And that is where the potential "bug rub" may occur. EPA regulates some microbe control under FIFRA: registration of pesticides, such as antimicrobials and sanitizers, which are distributed or sold. Which leads to the potential train wreck between the FDA and EPA: two masters: FDA and EPA, both regulating germ control in the food industry. As food safety standards become more stringent, the market for antimicrobials and sanitizers will grow....and so will EPA's involvement....