Make Our Food Safe

Broad Coalition Gathers to Call on Senate to Pass Bipartisan Food Safety Bill


September 20, 2010

Senator Harry Reid
Office of the Senate Majority Leader
S-221 Capitol Building
Washington, DC, 20510-7020

Senator Mitch McConnell
Office of the Senate Minority Leader
S-230 Capitol Building
Washington DC, 20510-7010

Dear Majority Leader Reid & Minority Leader McConnell:

Our organizations are writing to urge you to schedule a vote on S. 510, the FDA Food Safety
Modernization Act of 2009, at the soonest possible date. The HELP Committee approved a
strong, bipartisan bill in November, and we believe that a vote would keep the momentum
going for enactment of landmark food-safety legislation.

Strong food-safety legislation will reduce the risk of contamination and thereby better protect
public health and safety, raise the bar for the food industry, and deter bad actors. S. 510 will
provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the resources and authorities the
agency needs to help make prevention the focus of our food safety strategies. Among other
things, this legislation requires food companies to develop a food safety plan; it improves the
safety of imported food and food ingredients; and it adopts a risk-based approach to inspection.

Our organizations – representing the food industry, consumers, and the public-health
community – urge you to bring S. 510 to the floor, and we will continue to work with Congress
for the enactment of food safety legislation that better protects consumers, restores their
confidence in the safety of the food they eat, and addresses the challenges posed by our global
food supply.

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