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May 7, 2009

Dueling Produce Safety Standards Highlight Void Left by Lack of FDA Regulation

A side-by-side analysis of a variety of produce safety standards shows significant variations in guidance given fruit and vegetable growers in what steps they need to take to minimize microbial contamination in light of the lack of federal rules.

Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its voluntary produce safety guidance 11 years ago, a number of organizations and one state have stepped into the regulatory void and adopted their own standards for the growing and harvesting of fresh produce (fruits and vegetables intended to be consumed raw). Some standards are general in nature, and others are commodity specific.

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Press Release
Nov 12, 2009

Majority of Voters Support New Government Oversight of Food, Pew Commissioned Poll Finds

New polls of voters in selected states – Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Wyoming – show overwhelming support for measures that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authority to ensure the food Americans eat does not make them sick, according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Health Group and conducted by a respected bipartisan team of pollsters at Hart Research (Democratic) and Public Opinion Strategies (Republican).

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Press Release
Nov 12, 2009

Make Our Food Safe for the Holidays

Over the next several weeks, the U.S. Senate has an historic opportunity to take a major step toward improving food safety for all Americans.

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Press Release
Jun 9, 2010

''Food Safety Update — Report Underscores Need for Enhanced Legislation to Protect Americans''

Governing bodies aim to improve more than just the safety of produce as they take steps toward instituting stricter regulations. From bags of spinach to products containing peanuts and hydrolyzed vegetable protein, numerous food recalls have made news in the last four years. At times, it seems as though a biblical plague has been set upon our daily bread. And with food recalls continuing to grab headlines, the finding of a report issued on March 3 by the Produce Safety Project at Georgetown University should come as no surprise: The cost of food-borne illness is higher than previously estimated.

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Media Coverage
Nov 18, 2011

Pew Food Safety Campaign Statement on FDA Funding Legislation

Congress’ decision to increase appropriations for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by $39 million provides an important down payment toward the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was enacted in January. This law, adopted with strong bipartisan support, will strengthen how the federal government oversees the safety of 80 percent of the food supply.

 

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Press Release
Dec 22, 2011

''New law will boost food safety controls''

"Consumer groups are hoping a new federal law will help shield the food chain from contaminants like the recent E. coli outbreak that sickened 60 people, including 23 in St. Louis County, and prompted a lawsuit."

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Media Coverage
Jan 24, 2012

''Food safety auditors too tied to industry''

"The first hints of trouble came last Sept. 2. Trackers who watch for outbreaks of dangerous diseases noticed that seven people in Colorado had come down with listeriosis, a potentially fatal food-borne illness. Within two weeks, federal authorities had tracked the culprit — contaminated cantaloupe — to Jensen Farms, a small Colorado grower."

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Opinion
Mar 5, 2012

Expert Profile: Sandra Eskin

Sandra Eskin, Project Director, Food Safety Campaign

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Jul 17, 2012

''Teen who nearly died after eating contaminated cantaloupe speaks out''

 A Brevard County, FL, teenager who helped bring about the Food Safety Modernization Act told WFTV she wanted to know why the federal law isn't being fully implemented.

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Jul 17, 2012

''Fund the food safety law''

"About six years ago my mother-in-law and I were both sickened by E. coli in bagged spinach we had in our home. I survived a painful illness, but my mother-in-law perished eight days after eating the tainted food."

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Opinion