Enough Food Recalls! Put Violators on Notice
A half-billion recalled eggs? Let’s fix this already!
When we can’t even trust the eggs in our own refrigerators, there’s an obvious problem with our food safety system. Yet a bill that would help prevent deadly outbreaks and hold producers of poisoned food accountable – rather than wasting our time and money tracking them down after the fact – remains stuck in the Senate.
Let's move this bill now! Senators will soon return to Washington, and we need your voice to push food safety to the top of the priority list. The House passed its food safety bill more than a year ago, and since then there have been 60 recalls – including a half-billion eggs!
Unless consumers speak out and demand better inspections, testing, and oversight of food producers, we will continue to face costly and deadly recalls.
Tell your Senators to pass the food safety bill when they return after Labor Day – safer food can’t wait!
When I can’t even trust the safety of the eggs in my refrigerator, there is an obvious problem with our food safety system. In recent weeks more than a half-billion eggs have been recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. It’s time the Senate acts to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prevent these deadly food outbreaks and hold food producers accountable, by passing S. 510, the bipartisan Food Safety Modernization Act, upon your return from Labor Day recess. We shouldn’t have to wait any longer for safer food!
S. 510 will finally give FDA the tools it needs to prevent deadly and costly food outbreaks before they happen. It will mandate more frequent inspections and enhanced outbreak surveillance. It gives FDA new tools for traceability and better recordkeeping systems for tracking down contaminated products. And it ultimately gives regulators the ability to make sure contaminated food is removed from store shelves – right now, food recalls are still voluntary.
The bill also will make sure imported food from countries like China is held to the same standards as food produced here in the United States. Every food company that wants to sell to US consumers – even ones overseas – will have to have food safety plans in place, in order to identify where food contamination can occur.
I also support the efforts of Senator Dianne Feinstein to offer an amendment to the food safety bill that will ban the toxic chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles, sippy cups, baby food and infant formula containers. This chemical can leach into food and beverages from these containers, and eventually into our children’s systems. BPA has been linked to a variety of serious health effects, including cancer, diabetes, early-onset puberty, hyperactivity, lowered sperm count and miscarriage. Containers are available that do not use BPA, so there is no reason to put our children at unnecessary risk.
It has been more than a year since your counterparts in the House passed their food safety bill, and since then there have been at least 60 recalls of tainted products. There has been enough delay. Enough time for debate and consideration. Please take up and pass S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act as soon as the Senate returns in September. The time for a vote is now.
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