Make Our Food Safe

Editorial: "Better food, drug safety steps urgently needed"

The St. Petersburg Times |

"Twice this year, product recalls — first of over-the-counter children's medicines and now of eggs — have affected millions of American households. The nation's food and drug safety systems clearly are inadequate to ensure that vast quantities of potentially hazardous products do not reach the marketplace. With a U.S. Justice Department probe of a salmonella outbreak related to eggs now under way, Congress must act to give the Food and Drug Administration new powers to take preventive measures, hold manufacturers accountable and keep tainted products off store shelves. The Senate can take a big step in that direction by passing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, a bill that has languished in that chamber while the House passed similar legislation a year ago ... "

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