Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) applauded Congress for final passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. Because of the bill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will have the authority it needs to help prevent foodborne illnesses for the first time ever.
The bill focuses on preventing illnesses by ensuring safety through the entire food production process. Under this legislation, food processors are required to identify potential hazards in their production processes and put in place programs to eliminate those hazards. The bill also requires the FDA to inspect all food facilities more frequently and allows them to recall contaminated food.
“It is unbelievable that in today’s modern world, 47.8 million Americans needlessly get sick from food every year. This bill provides the preventive measures to significantly bring that number down,” says Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., executive director of TFAH. “The bill finally catches up with the times and will help modernize how the country prevents foodborne illnesses.”
TFAH commends the bipartisan leadership on both sides of Capitol Hill for making this decades-overdue legislation a reality. It expresses gratitude toward Senators Durbin, Harkin, Dodd, Enzi, Gregg, and Burr, as well as Representatives Waxman, Dingell, and DeLauro and their staffs for their commitment to the bill. TFAH also thanks the Make Our Food Safe Coalition for its tireless work to bring this historic legislation to the President’s desk