Health groups sue U.S. for failing to protect food supply

Two U.S. health and environment organizations sued the federal government on Wednesday for what the groups say is a failure to implement and enforce a new food safety law that could help prevent thousands of deaths caused by food-borne illnesses each year.

The groups said government officials had repeatedly missed mandatory deadlines for issuing final regulations required by the Food Safety Modernization Act. They are asking a federal court to order officials at both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Office of Management and Budget to force the agencies to start enforcing the law.

“President Obama says the passage of this bill is one of the hallmarks of his first administration,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director with the Center for Food Safety, which is one of the plaintiffs.

The other plaintiff is the Center for Environmental Health. Both it and the Center for Food Safety are non-profit public interest advocacy groups.

Reuters

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2 responses to “Health groups sue U.S. for failing to protect food supply

  1. These regulations on the food industry have nothing to do with food safety, as we already have the safest food in US history. These regulations, including “traceability”, only serve to make food increasingly more expensive, especially items from major food producers. Thus, their politically correct “local, organic, sustainable” foods might seem affordable by comparison. Government regulations are virtually hidden from American grocery shoppers and few realize they are what’s significantly behind skyrocketing food costs.

  2. My guess is that the GOBN is working in consumers’ favor, for once.

    It’s not a big secret that the USDA is staffed by once and future members of the “Big Agro” community, but in this case their bet on a change in the political winds helps the common person by delaying (hopefully beyond the point of no return) the implementation of regulation that makes perfectly good food more expensive and harder to get.

    Now if we can just get them to do the same for the ethanol mandate….

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