Thursday, September 2, 2010

Congress pressured on food safety legislation

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM

It's a damn shame that people have to get sick before politicians will even consider requiring the food industry to adopt safer, healthier practices. But, that's America for ya. Go corporations! (Until we sense lawsuits coming, then let's pretend we care about the average person and enact some arbitrary rules to cover our asses.)

Victims of foodborne illness and their family members are set to descend on the Capitol next week to lobby Senate offices to pass a stalled food safety bill.

Food safety activists — energized by a massive salmonella outbreak and the recall of more than a half-billion eggs — have launched a media blitz, circulating a video of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promising a 12-year-old girl in October 2009 that the Senate would "do everything we can to get this legislation," which is designed to improve food safety, "done." The bill was approved by the House in July 2009.

Read the rest of this Politico.com post, by Meridith Shiner, here.

From a YEAR ago ... though food safety issues are much, much, much older:

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