Pew's Erik Olson Discusses Delays in Implementation of Food Safety Modernization Act
Erik Olson, director of food programs at the Pew Health Group, appeared on both National Public Radio and Federal News Radio to discuss the delay by the Office of Management and Budget in implementing draft rules for the key provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The Act will help the Food and Drug Administration improve food safety and prevent foodborne illnesses, which sicken 48 million Americans each year.
"People are stunned to hear that there are no national standards for produce safety," said Olson on "The Diane Rehm Show" on NPR. "So, today, there are no enforceable standards for cantaloupe or for spinach or for leafy greens or for any other fresh produce."
"And the problem is that these rules have been bottled up now for eight months, sitting at the Office of Management and Budget in the White House, though the law was supposed to remedy that problem. So we really need two things. We need the rules to come out, and we need the resources of FDA to carry out the law."
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