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September 24, 2010
2:50 PM

CONTACT: Food & Water Watch

Anna Ghosh, aghosh(at)fwwatch(dot)org, 415-293-9905

Big Food System Failing Littlest Consumers

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

WASHINGTON - September 24 - “This week’s recall of infant formula is just the latest example of how consolidation of our food system compromises food safety. The industrial food system is too big—and now it is failing our littlest consumers.

“The top four firms control two-thirds of the infant formula market. While the FDA has slightly better rules on infant formula safety than they do on other foods, the fact is that the more centralized our food production is—whether it’s eggs or infant formula—the more likely it is that problems in one facility compromise a big chunk of the entire market. The recalled Similac product was produced in a single manufacturing facility but was sold in the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico, and countries throughout the Caribbean.

“This will hopefully serve as a wake-up call to parents. Often, the food they buy for their families won’t reveal itself as dangerous until after it’s consumed. The federal government must act to make sure that no one company controls too much of any market, so when problems are identified, they will not have already put millions of consumers at risk.”

Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.


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