Egg Recall Grows; Consumers Union Calls for Senate Action on Food Safety Bill

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Egg Recall Grows; Consumers Union Calls for Senate Action on Food Safety Bill

WASHINGTON - As the recall of salmonella-contaminated eggs, previously 380
million, expanded with a new recall from Hillandale Farms of 170 million
additional eggs, Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports
magazine, today called on the Senate to pass S. 510, The FDA Food
Safety Modernization Act, as soon as it comes back into session in
September.

"The contamination of eggs underlines that we urgently need
improvements in the way FDA regulates the safety of food," said Jean
Halloran, Director, Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union.

The pending Senate bill would give FDA authority to order a recall in
the event that a company did not voluntarily recall tainted products,
and would improve procedures for tracing tainted food back to its
source.

In response to questions from Consumers Union at a consumer briefing
last Thursday, the FDA indicated that its current investigation at
Wright County Egg company is the agency's first ever visit to this or
any other egg producer. New standards for the operation of such
facilities, which FDA said could have prevented this outbreak and were
under development for many years, just went into effect last month.

"We need a more proactive approach to food safety across the board.
Over the last several years we have seen illnesses and deaths from
eating cookie dough, peanut butter and spinach. The pending Senate food
safety bill would put FDA in the business of preventing outbreaks,
rather than trying to deal with them after people get sick. The bill
will also increase the frequency with which FDA inspects food processors
and require it to create on-farm safety standards for produce,"
Halloran added.

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