12/21/2009 - After the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress set up a system that required food producers to register with the federal government, theoretically making it easier to trace dangerous contaminants in the nation’s food supply. A new report for the Department of Health and Human Services reveals that more than half of those producers have not registered properly. Many have failed to give the most basic, updated information. Five percent have failed to register altogether.
This is only the latest reminder of the weaknesses in the nation’s food safety system, and a warning that Congress should move quickly to repair that system, starting with a bill now awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.
Read the full editorial The 76 Million Food Victims on the New York Times' Web site.