Reuters reports that U.S. food and health regulators should set up a joint task force to study recent outbreaks of food poisoning and decide if better coordination is needed, several Democratic senators said on Tuesday.

Their letter adds to a growing clamor from Congress and the industry for reorganization of food safety efforts to deal with outbreaks that sicken millions of Americans every year.

"We urge your agencies to convene a multi-agency task force and develop recommendations on how to effectively address the problem of foodborne illness associated with fresh produce," the senators write in their letter, addressed to the heads of the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.