04/27/2009 - More than 20 people from Oregon and other states who have been hit by recent food poisonings are converging in Washington, D.C., this week to press Congress to overhaul the country's food safety system.
The system, which dates to 1906, has proved to be ill-equipped to prevent successive salmonella and other outbreaks.
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"The landscape has changed," said Erik Olson, director of the food and consumer programs at Pew Charitable Trusts. "We have an administration now that's talking about the need for change and House representatives talking about food safety. The government should at least be able to ensure that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are safe for our kids."
Read the full article Oregonians Go to D.C. to Push Food Safety on the Oregonian's Web site.