Give the FDA the Power to Make Our Food Safe

These days, eating something as simple as a p.b. and j. can feel as risky as an extreme sport.

Every time I turn on the news, there’s another story about someone who ate peanut butter, or sausage, or chicken, or another oft-eaten food, and got sick.

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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146 comments

Rakesh Sahay
Rakesh Sahay5 years ago

i also with u

luca pisaroni
luca pisaroni5 years ago

thanks for the post

Cyn G.
C. G.6 years ago

noted

Julie R.
Julie R.6 years ago

The FDA does not use the power they now have to make our food safe. They allow manufacturers of "food" to use toxic, damaging chemicals (MSG-a known excitotoxin which causes brain damage; Hexane--used to process soy products even though it leaves hexane in the final product, Arsenic--fed to commercially grown chickens resulting in chicken meat containing arsenic. If the FDA does not use the power they have to protect people from harmful substances in food, why do you think they will suddenly reform and do the right thing if they had more power. Remember, power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Giving the FDA more power will NOT change their mission--which is to protect the rich manufacturers of "food like substances".

berry flower
Berry Flower6 years ago

Unfortunately, not everyone can grow their own food. We should be able to safely eat food we buy. The government really needs to crack down on these food safety problems that seem to be occurring more often.

Cristiane Peixoto
Cristiane P.6 years ago

I wonder if the FDA shouldn't do something before anyone is contaminated?!? Like having a more effective way of control what are on the stands for sales?!? That way they wouldn't have to worry after the damage is done with tracing the ingredients back to their source and then order a recall of contaminated food.

Doesn't it make more sense?!?

Cynthia R.
Cynthia R.6 years ago

Well admittedly getting ahead of myself with the "i support" comment was unnecessary..what i meant was mostly the latter..Your energy and time spent on all of the topic of voting,dicussing,throwing money at it..seems to defeat the pupose..Spinning wheels to go nowhere?Put your energy and efforts into becoming more socially responsible and do YOUR part(with your hands) by growing yor own food,researching and supporting those who really are TRULY taking care of the earth and themselves(they will be interested in taking care of you).Quit relying on your uncounted votes and actually DO something!! As soon as we get away from relying on those that are commiting we will all be a community(which helps people THRIVE)- not a "democracy" that helps us kill each other!

Cynthia R.
Cynthia R.6 years ago

Well admittedly getting ahead of myself with the "i support" comment was unnecessary..what i meant was mostly the latter..Your energy and time spent on all of the topic of voting,dicussing,throwing money at it..seems to defeat the pupose..Spinning wheels to go nowhere?Put your energy and efforts into becoming more socially responsible and do YOUR part(with your hands) by growing yor own food,researching and supporting those who really are TRULY taking care of the earth and themselves(they will be interested in taking care of you).Quit relying on your uncounted votes and actually DO something!! As soon as we get away from relying on those that are commiting we will all be a community(which helps people THRIVE)- not a "democracy" that helps us kill each other!

Cynthia R.
Cynthia R.6 years ago

i want to support the local farmer and their livelihood too...but they have permissiopn to lie to you as it stands.Do you think that farmer who has to go to Farmer's market to sell every week isn't struggling and doing all they can to make it work...Do you know what your local farmer is growing with? Do you know where he gets his seeds? Do you know that he checks his garden thougroughly and removes and burns anything that's not his?Does he have to label his garden and tell you where it came from? How do we support him without some regulations? And then, how do we regulate someones 'personal property' that they are 'sharing' with you, and be ok with that? (scream!)

Cynthia R.
Cynthia R.6 years ago

well for all intents and purposes i support...but when are people going to actually DO something instead of calling "voting" DOING something. We've been voting for over 100 years!!!!!!!!!!! Where are we now??????????????????????????????