Americans have suffered and died from tainted spinach, hamburger and peanut butter. Now, salmonella-laced tomatoes are sending others to the hospital in gut-wrenching pain. How did grocery shopping become a game of Russian roulette?
It's time that Congress get serious about implementing real food safety reforms and pass comprehensive legislation now.
In the case of the tainted tomatoes, the FDA has spent weeks trying to figure out where the contaminated produce came from. Fed Ex can track every package -- why don't we track our food? Since 2004 the FDA has lost nearly a third of its food safety and field staffers. And as more food comes from China, Mexico and elsewhere, less than 1 percent of imports are inspected.
Congress is writing bills right now to fix our broken food safety laws, but they need to hear from you -- the powerful industry lobby is already lining up to oppose significant reforms. Tell your lawmakers to improve our antiquated food safety laws now!
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