Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) response to the ongoing antibiotic resistant Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products, which has caused more than 160 illnesses and one death across 35 states.

“The public entrusts the USDA to keep our nation’s meat and poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health departments are working together to investigate and bring to an end the outbreak of Salmonella Reading in raw turkey products.

We know that there are currently 164 people from 35 states ill from this 

Consumer Reports urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture today to identify the brands of turkey that have been linked to a drug-resistant strain of Salmonella in turkey that has sickened consumers across the nation. The outbreak in raw turkey products has been going on for a year, but neither the turkey industry nor the USDA

Not  to be confused with the Seven Deadly Sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth, although, perhaps some of these outbreaks were sinful.  I had the honor to represent many of the ill and the families of those who died.

Jack-in-the- Box E. coli Outbreak – 1992 – 1993

708 ill, 171 hospitalized

raw-chicken.jpgEsther French, Mattea Kramer and Maggie Clark, fellows with News21, a national university reporting project at the University of Maryland, recently conducted an investigation into the safety of poultry sold at certain farmers’ markets in Washington D.C. Their report appeared in today’s issue of the Washington Post. The investigation revealed some unsettling results

cdc_logo.jpg“Foodborne infections can be prevented,” according to the Vital Signs report in the most recent issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), a series of weekly reports prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) containing important public health information. Yet despite that conclusion, the CDC reports that contaminated food

An important, but little known, component to the newly enacted Food Safety and Modernization Act provides whistleblower protection for workers at Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated food companies. As reported by Steve Karnowski at the Associated Press, the law protects workers from being fired, demoted or denied promotions or raises if they speak up