Make Our Food Safe
06/27/2011

Op-Ed: "Harkin: Slashing food safety not a viable solution"

Roll Call | Senator Tom Harkin

"These days, families can barely get through their weekly grocery list without finding items whose safety has been called into question.

In recent years, everything — from peppers to peanut butter to eggs — has been recalled because of salmonella. Toxic strains of E. coli have been found in spinach and cookie dough.

Just in recent weeks, thousands of Europeans have been sickened or have died after consuming E. coli-tainted vegetable sprouts.

Last year, to prevent these kinds of tragedies, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act. This ambitious law aims to bring our more than one-century-old food safety system into the 21st century and to restore confidence in our nation’s food supply..."

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