On March 4, 2010, the Make Our Food Safe coalition held Food Safety Action Day, an event in which 46 food-safety advocates like Robyn Allgood flew to Washington, DC, to emphasize the need for improved oversight of the U.S. food supply.
The advocates, many of whom have lost relatives or have personally suffered from severe foodborne illness, highlighted the need for reform during meetings with leaders from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the White House and Congress. In addition, many advocates met with members of the media to help deliver their personal stories to people throughout the country.
The advocates' calls were heard loud and clear. While speaking before the group, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, said passing food-safety legislation was a top priority in the spring of 2010.
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Sen. Harkin [D-IA] and Ryan Wilson from New Hampshire; Elizabeth Armstrong and daughter Ashley from Indiana; Matt, Allison (holding Ashley Armstrong), and Erin Stadler of North Carolina; Mariano Florentino Cuellar, Special Assistant to the President, addresses advocates