Sunday, December 16, 2012

Promise of food safety law largely unfulfilled

Promise of food safety law largely unfulfilled:
Foodborne illnesses strike an estimated 48 million people in the United States each year, or about one in six Americans, killing 3,000, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study released in 2010 by consumer and public health groups said foodborne diseases cost the United States $152 billion in health-related expenses each year, far more than prior estimates. Despite the outbreaks, the United States is widely regarded as having one of the safest food supplies in the world.
Many of these victims are children who lack a mature immune system to fight of food borne illness.  My daughter developed EColi and had to be hospitalized after consuming tainted peanut butter.  Unfortunately, the peanut butter came from my pantry and matched the serial numbers of the tainted peanut butter. 

No one was held accountable for the damage.  Children suffer irreparable harm while our nation's lawmaker put this on the back burner.  No claim of complexity or lack of funding should slow this down.  Legislation far more complex and with much pork went through when the Affordable Health Care Law was passed. Now our nation will be footing the bill for many who are sickened from food borne illnesses.

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