Make Our Food Safe
08/16/2011

Op-Ed: "Food safety system needs strengthening"

The Hill | Nancy Donley, president of STOP Foodborne Illness

"The recent recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey potentially contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg is yet just another grim reminder that contaminated food continues to make its way into the marketplace and onto our dinner plates. It is just the latest example that underscores the crucial need for stronger regulatory standards and safeguards that will better protect the health and safety of Americans.

Ground turkey from Cargill, Inc.’s meat processing plant in Springdale, Arkansas was the culprit, spanning 32 states and causing at least 107 illnesses, 21 hospitalizations and one death. This is not the first time the food-producing giant has been the source of a massive recall because of a foodborne illness outbreak. In 2007, the company recalled 845,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses and last year they had to recall ground beef contaminated with E. coli O26. However, Cargill is in no way the only company that has had serious food safety issues. It is just the latest high-profile example of a food safety system that is in serious need of strengthening..."

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