New Report emphasizes need for Food Safety Reform Now

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement today regarding a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inspections of domestic food facilities.

“This new report shows what we have feared for too long: that that our domestic food facilities are not being adequately inspected and FDA needs additional authorities to keep the food on our tables safe. This is unacceptable in our modern society and an important reminder that we must provide FDA with the needed tools to properly inspect food facilities and effectively react to problems in order to ensure the safety of the food American families eat. Quite simply, picking up food at the grocery store should not be a health risk."

“At a time when party line bickering seems to have reached an all time high, efforts to pass comprehensive food safety legislation have risen above partisanship. In fact, our food safety bill passed out of the Senate HELP Committee without a single ‘no’ vote and a similar bill passed in the House with strong bipartisan support. This legislation is long overdue and it is my hope that we can soon pass the FDA Food Modernization Act of 2009 on the Senate floor in order to get the bill reconciled with the House and on the President’s desk to be signed into law.”

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