Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Food Safety Act of 2007

Here's a bill that I support. I've said repeatedly that we citizens should be able to trust the safety of our food, but that because of budget cuts, no one is checking.

(CNN) -- Spurred by deadly outbreaks of E. coli and other food-borne pathogens, a group of U.S. lawmakers is pushing to put all food safety oversight under a single federal agency.

"I believe the food safety system is broken. It's collapsing," Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, told CNN "We're unable to protect the public health. We're unable to protect public confidence in the food supply."

DeLauro has introduced the Food Safety Act of 2007, which would create a Food
Safety Administration responsible for ensuring the security of the food supply from all forms of contamination. (Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta explain how spinach can become contaminated Video )

Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and Chuck Schumer, D-New York, introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

The proposed legislation comes on the heels of a number of widespread outbreaks of food-borne illness.

Also, the strange split between the USDA and the FDA makes oversight sporadic at best.

The lines are not always clear-cut. For example, cheese pizzas fall under the
FDA, while pepperoni pizzas fall under the Department of Agriculture.

1 comment:

Demeur said...

This is a good start but until corporations start looking past the bottom line and educate or reeducate their workers I think we'll see much of the same.