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Food Safety Advocates Take Their Cause To The White House

The Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011, but progress on the laws it would create have stalled.

E.coli was blamed for a multistate outbreak in spinach in 2006.

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)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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