Congress considers new food safety bill - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/22/09

Congress considers new food safety bill

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Salmonella, E-coli and other pathogens sicken 76-million Americans and kill 5,000 every year.  So now congress is considering a food safety bill that would allow the FDA to inspect plants more often, recall foods and require safety plans and refuse foreign foods that don't meet safety standards.  The FDA's commissioner says the problem is simple, for them to be able to do all that, the agency needs more money. 

"The bill does not provide a guaranteed, funding source to help FDA fulfill its new responsibility," said Margaret Hamburg, FDA commissioner.

Manufacturers say they're anxious too, for the FDA to come up with new standards to find tainted food quickly and accurately.  Just take fears about outbreaks for example, when tomatoes were wrongfully suspected, it cost the American food industry millions.  This new legislation is intended in part to calm fears, boost confidence and convince America that what's on the table, is safe to eat.

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