The people have spoken – and they want safer food
By Consumers Union on Monday, July 12th, 2010
Attribute it to the seemingly constant stream of food recalls, particularly when they involve American staples like Kellogg’s cereal and peanut butter. Or perhaps it’s the reports of illness and near-death experiences after superfood-seekers helped themselves to a ‘healthy’ spinach salad.
But an overwhelming majority of Americans are ready for the government to step up and start ensuring a safer food supply, according to a
Poll results showed that 80% of people want Congress to pass food safety legislation immediately and give the FDA the authority to recall food when it poses a danger to health and safety – a power most assume it has already. “Most people are shocked to find out that FDA can’t even order a recall—it must request companies to voluntarily retrieve contaminated food,” said Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives for Consumers Union.
The bi-partisan FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act, which would give the FDA recall power, passed the House last summer but has languished in the Senate for a year. The bill would also mandate inspection of all high-risk food processors at least once a year and require all imported food to meet US standards.
Said Halloran, “It is essential that the Senate pass S. 510, the bi-partisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, before it adjourns in early August.”