This text is taken from an email from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
And now it’s cookie dough.
Every two hours, one person in the U.S. dies from a preventable disease caused by the food they ate. Each year 76 million people suffer an episode of food-borne illness and 325,000 are hospitalized. These numbers just touch the surface of failures in our food safety system. Outbreak after outbreak has destroyed consumers’ confidence leaving families fearful that the food they eat may sicken them.
The food safety system must be modernized to build safety and accountability into the production of the food we buy.
After several years of review, Congress is moving quickly on food safety legislation, but change won’t come without your help! Special interests are lobbying hard to weaken the bill.
The Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749) is the best hope for making America ‘s food safer. Most people think that FDA inspects food plants monthly; in reality, plant inspections are as infrequent as once every 10 years. This bill would require the FDA to conduct more frequent inspections of food processing facilities. It would also require food companies to develop and manage food safety programs and give FDA the authority to order companies to recall potentially contaminated food. (Recalls are now voluntary.)
We need people to speak up in support of this bill. Opponents are dragging out false rumors and old charges made against other food safety bills to attack this legislation. (See Action Alert on H.R. 875.) The bottom line is they oppose the responsible safety and accountability measures in The Food Safety Enhancement Act and want to exempt themselves from food safety requirements and eliminate provisions – like the inspection frequencies – that would make them accountable for producing safer food products. Please contact your member of Congress to support H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act without weakening special interest amendments.
Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
And this is from the people who oppose it.