Editorial: Food Shouldn't Make Us Sick

Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer


12/13/2010 - Looking back at this age of the killer omelet, future historians may puzzle over Congress' long-standing inability to pass a food-safety bill.

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The legislation in Congress would dramatically strengthen U.S. food laws for the first time in 70 years, bringing them in line with a modern, global food industry. It would require the FDA to inspect more farms and food producers, grant it access to their records, and empower it to recall products instead of hoping companies do so voluntarily.

In a long-overdue move away from the nation's current strategy of essentially waiting for outbreaks to occur, the bill would also require companies to devise verifiable strategies to prevent contamination. And it would take sorely needed steps to subject poorly regulated food imports to U.S. standards.

It's a measure of the problem's severity that the bill has rare bipartisan support. The New York Times reported that some staffers on opposite sides of the aisle met each other for the first time while negotiating the legislation.

So what was the problem?

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Read the entire editorial Food Shouldn't Make Us Sick on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.

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