April 18, 2013
Letter to the Editor: "FDA's New Goal is Preventing Foodborne Illness"
Brady Dennis’s April 9 article "FDA food rules yield harvest of opposition" reported why some tree fruit farmers want to be exempted from new rules on produce safety, but it did not fully explain why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposes to include them as part of a science-based, preventive approach to reducing the risk of food-borne illness in produce.
March 28, 2013
"FDA Gathers Guidance On New Food Safety Law"
"Portlander Joe Day tearfully recalled the year his family spent Thanksgiving in a hospital cafeteria, as his sister, suffering from e coli, fought for her life several floors above."
March 14, 2013
''Estimate: 1 in 6 Americans Will Get Food Poisoning This Year''
It is estimated that one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. That's 48 million people. And the grim reality: some will suffer the rest of their life and others will die. The Food and Drug Administration wants to stop foodborne illness at the source with proposed changes to the way food is grown and processed . In Chicago Monday and Tuesday, the public is invited to weigh in.
March 11, 2013
Opinion: "Op-ed: FDA Must Ensure Safety of Imported Food"
"Several months ago, my life was changed forever when I fell severely ill after eating imported ricotta cheese contaminated by the dangerous bacteria Listeria. Protections in a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) law could help prevent infections, like mine, from harming other Americans. But they need to be fully implemented to help anyone."
March 01, 2013
FDA is Cracking Down on Cantaloupe Industry
The FDA is warning the cantaloupe industry after two major outbreaks in two years. Contaminated cantaloupe caused 36 deaths and sickened more than 400 people nationwide. Now, a Central Florida teen is in Washington advocating for safer food.
February 21, 2013
"Feds Indict 4 in Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak"
A federal grand jury indicted four former employees of a peanut company linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, leading to one of the largest recalls in history.
January 16, 2013
"FDA: Plain Sense is the Key for New Food Safety Guidelines"
"The new food safety guidelines proposed for the people who supply the nation's food, including farmers and manufacturers, are a good preventative step toward a healthy America. The new guidelines are the outgrowth of the Food Safety Modernization Act passed in early 2011, and are aimed at preventing foodborne illness in the United States.
January 16, 2013
"Improving Food Safety Essential"
"The announcement earlier this month of proposed federal food safety regulations certainly took long enough — the authorizing legislation, the Food Safety Modernization Act, was passed two years ago with bipartisan support. Between then and now, the nation has seen a number of incidents (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 15 multistate outbreaks) in which thousands of people took ill, even died, because of illness carried in contaminated food."
January 16, 2013
"Time to Move on New Food Rules"
"America hasn't made major changes to its food-safety laws since the 1930s, so it probably should come as no surprise that - once a decision was finally made to update them - it took two more years to generate new regulations."
January 16, 2013
EDITORIAL: An Unconscionable Delay
"After two frustrating years of delay, the U.S. Food and Drug administration should soon have the power to prevent food-borne outbreaks rather than merely reacting to them."
January 15, 2013
"Putting a Price Tag on Safe Food"
In addition to the 3,000 deaths it causes each year, contaminated food is very expensive. The cost of food poisoning in this country comes to $14 billion a year, according to a July 2012 study published in the Journal of Food Protection, including the medical expenses of the 128,000 who are hospitalized annually. That figure does not include the millions of dollars that each food recall costs the company involved, the legal expenses from victims' lawsuits or losses incurred by other companies when consumers hear, for example, about contaminated cantaloupes and then avoid all cantaloupes, including those that are perfectly safe.
January 10, 2013
Editorial: "Late Better Than Never for New Food-Safety Rules"
"The Food and Drug Administration has proposed the most sweeping changes in food-safety rules in decades. The changes being made under the Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law in 2011, are long overdue and should be implemented as soon as possible."
January 08, 2013
"Safer Food Is on Its Way"
"On Friday, the FSMA moved a step closer to reality with the FDA’s announcement of proposed rules in two major areas: produce safety and food processing. The new rules will, if adopted, set standards for equipment, tools, buildings, water, soil and other sources of possible contamination."
January 02, 2013
''We Can't Wait for Stronger Food Safety''
"FSMA signals a much needed shift in FDA's approach to food safety. The focus is now on prevention - not reaction. There are provisions in the law designed to prevent outbreaks like the one that threatened Rylee's life. But food contamination continues to harm countless Americans because draft regulations have still not been implemented."
July 17, 2012
Urge Obama Administration to Act on Food Safety
President Obama signed sweeping food safety legislation into law more than a year ago, but his administration has yet to release draft rules for the key provisions of the act.
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