recalls. Is this really about food safety, or is it all about appearances?
Meatingplace listed concerns the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the
National Cattleman's Beef Association (NCBA) have with the proposed Food
Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, introduced by Congressmen Dingell and
One little blog cannot begin to discuss the proposed legislation, or even
AMI's and NCBA's listed concerns. But one common concern of these two
associations was granting FDA mandatory recall authority. To me, this is
window dressing on a problem that is basically non-existent. It is put in
the proposal to satisfy the advocacy groups that mistakenly think this will
improve the safety of the food you and I eat.
ask the FDA to list the number of times that their request of a company to
do a recall was refused, they will answer: "Only once, but it could
happen again.” The product the company refused to recall? Cat food !!! What
does that have to do with food safety? The answer I received was that some
infant, crawling around the pantry, might get into the cat food and eat it.
the FDA and FSIS testified in front of Congress, saying neither entity
needed mandatory recall authority. So what changed in the last few years to
create a change in attitude about mandatory recalls at the FDA? The
increase in recalls and illnesses attributed to produce, that is what
Since creating a system that will improve the safety of those foods that do
not have a kill step of cooking in the home will be costly and time
consuming, a bone was tossed to those clamoring for change to keep the
barking attackers at bay. (Maybe a bone and barking are bad symbols, since
the refusal was for cat food, not dog food, but I think you get my
the way, FSIS still says they do not need mandatory recall authority since
they can seize product, and historically no company has ever refused to
recall a product when asked, but they are nervous they may be included in
this change. And that could actually be dangerous to our health, since many
proposals for mandatory recall authority include waiting periods for
hearings to be held and a judge to decide.