As President Barack Obama’s regulatory agenda gradually comes to an end, there’s expected to be an onslaught of new rules passed before election year becomes Washington’s priority.

One of the year’s most highly anticipated rules should come to the forefront before 2016 arrives--one that revolves around food safety.

As reported by The Hill:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signed off on final rules to protect people and animals from foodborne illnesses.

In late August, the FDA sent for publication in the Federal Register a set of rules that would force manufacturers of food — for both people and animals — to implement preventive controls to minimize the risk of contaminating food when it’s manufactured, processed, packed or held by a facility.

The agency said last week that the documents could take several days to publish.

The agency has by court order until October 31 to finalize safety standards for produce and a rule to create a foreign supplier verification program for imported food.”