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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 4:12 AM EDT
The extent of food-borne illness in the
United States is not completely known because most cases are minor and not
Yet about 5,000 people die every year from food poisoning and hundreds of
thousands more are hospitalized. Itís time for Congress to ensure that the
industry does better.
A pending bill would require the Food and Drug Administration to increase
inspections of high-risk processors and require the agency, within two
years, to devise a system that would enable it to trace contaminated
products to their sources within two business days of their discovery.
The bill also would require foreign processors who export to the United
States to register with the FDA, and increase penalties for violations.
The bill should
pass in order to ensure that the food supply is as safe as possible.