Growers Want Compensation Over Salmonella Warning
USAgNet - 08/06/2008
Source of Article: http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-national.php?Id=1831&yr=2008
Tomato growers can thwack the Food and Drug Administration next week, but their try for federal funds could be a long shot. Two separate congressional hearings will enable
"Clearly, the FDA has done a very poor job at tracking this outbreak," said Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif. "They blamed the wrong industry."
Cardoza chairs the House horticulture and organic agriculture subcommittee, one of two House panels convening food safety hearings next week. The other panel, an oversight subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently sent investigators to
Finger-pointing, though, may be easier than finding viable fixes.
Few doubt the FDA's warnings hurt business.
On June 7, the FDA issued a nationwide warning against eating several types of raw tomatoes. On July 17, the agency removed that tomato warning and declared instead that raw jalapeņo and raw Serrano peppers "may be linked" to salmonella. On Monday, regulators announced they had found a contaminated Mexican-grown pepper at a produce distribution center in
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