A tiny victim of peanut-poisoning watches the sound and fury of Congress
Source of Article: http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/secretingredients/archives/161777.asp
Members of Congress who repeatedly huff and puff over the treacherous deficiencies in the government's protection of the nation's food supply came face-to-face today with a 3-year-old boy who nearly died because his favorite snack was filled with salmonella-tainted peanut butter.
When Rep. Henry Waxman
gaveled his House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing into action this
morning, the parents of Jacob Hurley were there to describe how they came
close to losing their son last month. And according to Waxman, it happened
because of the apparent greed of the owners of Peanut Corp. of
Waxman opened the
hearing to a packed room by waving documents that he said showed that the
Peanut Corp. of
The California Democrat
said the company was notified last September by a private lab that its
products had tested positive for salmonella.
As the Seattle P-
Marler told the committee what he had been urging for years: that the three main federal agencies responsible for food safety -- the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the inspection arm of the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- be merged and adequately funded.
"The present system is trifurcated, which leads to turf wars and split responsibilities. We need one independent agency that deals with food-borne pathogens," he wrote.
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