"The Make Our Food Safe coalition applauds members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee for taking a major step toward improving the safety of the nation’s food supply. The path has been cleared for the Senate to act quickly to pass the bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) as soon as members return from recess.
The recent recall of hundreds of millions of contaminated eggs is yet another sign that passage of S. 510 is crucial to protecting public health.
The co-sponsors released a proposal on August 13 that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a specific mandate to institute a program to prevent foodborne illness. It also contains key measures that will enable the agency to require food manufacturers to develop plans that limit hazards in their products, improve the safety of imports and recall dangerous food items, among other new authorities. The coalition, however, remains troubled that budget issues have resulted in a weakened inspection schedule for FDA.
Outbreaks of foodborne illness continue to unnecessarily sicken millions and kill thousands of Americans every year. We urge members of both parties to swiftly send food-safety legislation to the president's desk to help prevent more families from the pain and suffering so many have already faced as a result of eating unsafe food."