By Julian Pecquet - 04/18/11 06:19 PM EDT
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revamped its website Monday to help consumers track recalled food products, as required by the new food safety law.
The Food Safety Modernization Act gives the FDA power to recall tainted food, quarantine geographical areas and access food producers' records. It was signed into law Jan. 4.
The law requires the creation of a consumer-friendly recall search engine, which is now accessible from the FDA website. The revamped site also features frequently asked questions about the legislation, including videos and graphics explaining how it will be implemented and information about upcoming public meetings.
About 128,000 Americans are hospitalized every year because of contaminated food, according to government figures, and 3,000 die.