White House Under Fire for Delays on Food Safety Rules

Publication: The Chicago Tribune

Author: Monica Eng


07/17/2012 - In 2001, 3-year-old Dana Dziadul ate some cantaloupe at a brunch buffet that sent the toddler to the hospital for four days. It was tainted with salmonella bacteria, part of a national outbreak that caused illness and death in 14 states.

Determined to help prevent others from suffering the same fate, Dana and her mother, Colette, are joining other food safety advocates in urging the White House to implement provisions of a federal law that President Barack Obama signed in January 2011.

The Food Safety and Modernization Act ushered in the most sweeping food safety changes in 70 years. But the White House Office of Management and Budget has failed to meet at least three statutory deadlines to review and present rules on new safety standards for high-risk produce and imported foods, among other measures.

Food poisoning is estimated to strike 1 in 6 Americans each year.

"As the mother of a child who almost died and continues to suffer from the consequences of the illness," Dziadul said, "it's frustrating that people are still getting sick in this country because of what they eat, and we are not doing what we need to do to cut down on those illnesses through implementation of these laws."

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