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Food Safety Advocates Take Their Cause To The White House


Families frustrated by the lack of progress on national food safety laws wrote a letter to the White House urging President Barack Obama to enforce safety rules.

The Make Our Food Safe Coalition, which includes families of food-borne illness victims, consumer advocates and health organizations, say they want to see progress. The coalition points to the ten multistate outbreaks of food-borne illnesses in the past year.

They argue that had the Food Safety Modernization Act from January 2011 been enforced, outbreaks like the listeria-tainted cantaloupe would not have happened.

Some blame the upcoming presidential election for the delay -- any law that could be considered "job killing" will be stifled until after the election.

The coalition has released an ad in the New York Times and a video featuring parents of a victim of the 2006 E.coli spinach outbreak.

Read More:

  • Foodborne Illness Victims Call on Obama to Release FSMA Rules (Food Safety News)
  • Families, health advocates urge Obama to act on food safety (Reuters)

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