A food safety bill, which has obtained support from both Democrats and Republicans, is expected to be voted on before the Senate takes a fall break in October, according to Politico.com.
The legislation would give the FDA the power to authorize mandatory recalls of contaminated food. The FDA would also be able to set stricter rules for food inspections and receive access to food company records. Additionally, the bill contains protections for whistleblowers. The current food safety bill is over 70 years old and doesn’t contain any of those powers. Currently, Congress can order mandatory recalls of only four types of products: baby formula, medical devices, human-tissue products and tobacco products.
Proponents of the law say the old law needs to be updated. Approximately 76 million Americans get sick from food borne illnesses each year. About 5,000 of those die from the illnesses. The bill has garnered support from food safety groups, food producers and consumer advocates. However, opponents argue the legislation has not been funded, and the bill excludes food producers who sell at their farms or in local farmers markets.
Unfortunately, millions of Americans get sick each year from illnesses caused by contaminants in the food they eat. This year, 1,500 people contracted illnesses from contaminated eggs that came from two egg farms. Individuals who are sickened due to tainted food products can potentially have a claim for compensation, which could include awards for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you have eaten contaminated food and become ill, contact the Missouri food borne illness attorneys at Page Law at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation.