CFI Applauds Passage of Landmark Food Safety Legislation

November 30, 2010

 

Grove City, PA, November 30, 2010 – The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention applauds the Senate passage today of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510).

 

“This is the most important food safety legislation in our lifetime,” said Pat Buck, CFI’s Executive Director.  “The Senate recognized that the status quo cannot continue.  This vote is a historic step in bringing our nation’s food safety systems into the 21st century.”

 

S. 510 will strengthen FDA’s ability to protect America’s consumers.  With responsibility for 80% of America’s food supply, FDA has been saddled with a 1938 law that could not adequately meet the challenges of modern food production methods.

 

“S. 510 changes the way FDA approaches its food oversight responsibilities,” said CFI’s Director of Food Safety Barbara Kowalcyk.  “Instead of reacting crisis to crisis, as in the past, FDA will be able to develop and adopt preventive measures to reduce foodborne pathogens from entering our nation’s food supply.  FDA also gains new enforcement tools and authorities in this bill. This shift in outlook and new responsibilities for both FDA and the food industry will help America meet the domestic and global food challenges that we face.”

 

Buck continues, “This is legislation that needs House action and then should go the President’s desk as quickly as possible.  CFI applauds the U.S. Senate for passing this important and historic food safety legislation and recognizes the huge volume of work that the Senators and their dedicated staff members did in developing and passing S 510.”

 

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Background: Founded in 2006 to help America find science-based solutions to the food safety challenges of the 21st Century, the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention (CFI) is a national 501 (c)(3) health organization dedicated to preventing foodborne illness through research, education, advocacy and service.  Barbara Kowalcyk and Patricia Buck co-founded CFI after the 2001 death of 2 ½ year old Kevin Kowalcyk and were featured in the documentary Food Inc. in order to raise awareness about the serious public health issues, as well as the gaps created by outdated food safety laws, that have been associated with foodborne illness.   www.foodborneillness.org

 

For more information contact:

Laura Trivers

(301) 512-4442

press@foodborneillness.org

 

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