Eighteen months ago, President Obama signed the law to reform America’s dangerously outdated food safety system. But the administration has still not issued the regulations to implement this measure -- regulations that would improve U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety oversight of domestic produce and processed foods, as well as imported food products.
While these regulations have been waiting for approval, more American families have seen loved ones fall ill – and even die – from preventable foodborne illnesses, such as E. coli and Salmonella.
The victims and their survivors fought hard to pass the new law to help fix this problem. It’s time to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
In 2006, two-year-old Kyle Allgood became sick and passed away after eating contaminated spinach. This is his family's story.
- Interactive: State-by-state outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in last 18 months
- Letter: Addressed to President Obama from victims of foodborne illnesses
- Fact Sheet:Children and Foodborne Illness (PDF)
- Print Ad: "Make the FDA Food Modernization Act a Reality Now" (PDF)
- Graphic: FDA Recalls
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