These days, eating something as simple as a p.b. and j. can feel as risky as an extreme sport.
The Huffington Post even has a whole slideshow of “The Latest in Food Recalls.” And there are 17 slides! Of just the most recently recalled foods!
In fact, every day, more than 200,000 Americans get sick from something they ate. And more than a quarter million are hospitalized from a foodborne illness every year.
The General Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, recently reported that the FDA needs to have more authority and cooperation from other agencies and do more scientific research in order to help make the U.S. food supply safer.
For example, a huge portion of our food is imported — 60 percent of fresh produce and 80 percent of seafood, yet the FDA can only regulate ONE PERCENT of this food.
Eric Schlosser knows a thing or two about food production. He wrote the New York Times best-seller Fast Food Nation and co-produced the hit documentary Food, Inc. Schlosser, along with Consumers Union, are urging you to support Food Safety Bill S. 510. The bill would give the federal government the power to prevent the spread of dangerous pathogens, trace ingredients back to their source, and order the recall of contaminated food.
In a video testimony, Schlosser laments, “We’ve seen what happens when we let Wall Street regulate itself. When we let the oil industry regulate itself. It makes absolutely no sense to let the food industry continue to regulate itself.”
It certainly would be nice to hear “spinach” and think “iron” instead of “E.coli.” Or hear “peanut butter” and think “jelly” instead of “salmonella.” It would be nice to watch the evening news and not find yourself spitting out the Subway sandwich you’re eating. Or were eating.
To join Eric Schlosser and Consumers Union in supporting Food Safety Bill S. 510, sign this petition.
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