There has been a renewed push by Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich) to move the Food Safety Modernization Act through the Senate, reports Caroline Scott-Thomas. Using the recent recalls of Salmonella-contaminated alfalfa sprouts and romaine lettuce linked to human illnesses, Rep. Dingell said in a statement:
It is unfortunate that we find ourselves reading of more foodborne illness outbreaks that have touched the lives of American consumers. This double whammy should open our eyes to the dangers that exist when it comes to our food supply.
It is true that we have one of the safest food supplies in the world. Unfortunately, this title does not suffice. The continuing stream of recalls and illness demonstrate that more can and must be done.
We could not agree more. The time to move this important piece of legislation forward is long overdue.