Bush Announces Recommendations From Product Safety Panel

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush has proposed giving the federal government the ability to toughen its policing of products from abroad.

Acting on recommendations from an advisory panel, the president has proposed that the Food and Drug Administration be empowered to order mandatory recalls of unsafe food products.

The move comes after a rash of recalls of dangerous toothpaste, dog food and toys.

Currently, the FDA lacks the authority to order recalls, but works with producers on voluntary recalls.

Bush says the U.S. benefits from having an open market and a huge variety of products from across the globe. But says more needs to be done to ensure that "American families have confidence in what they find" on store shelves.

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