Make Our Food Safe
07/17/2012

"Families, health advocates urge Obama to act on food safety"

Reuters | Lily Kuo

"Families, public health advocates and consumer groups called on the White House on Tuesday to implement delayed provisions in a food safety law they say would help prevent some of the nearly 3,000 deaths caused by food-borne illnesses each year.

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These rules would help prevent food-borne outbreaks such as one last year when listeria-contaminated cantaloupe killed over 30 people, said Erik Olson, director for food programs at the Pew Health Group.

'With our current food system it only takes one part of that food system to contaminate a huge amount of food,' Olson said. 'We're concerned that the longer these rules take to get out we're just going to continue having these kinds of outbreaks'."...

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