The U.S. Senate passed a food safety bill late last month that food safety advocates called “historic, but well-overdue.” The bill which is to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food was followed by years of food-borne illness outbreaks, culminating this summer in a salmonella epidemic that sickened 1,850 people.
But even after President Barack Obama has signed the bill into law, critics said, it still won’t adequately protect the public against contaminated food. The legislation doesn’t give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “teeth” to prevent, rather than just react to, food-borne illness outbreaks, they said, and it doesn’t give the FDA the ability to charge producers who consciously distribute contaminated food – and in some cases kill people who eat that food – with a crime.
The director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ food safety campaign was quoted as saying that “food safety is one area where the public clearly wants the government to act to protect them.” With this bill, it seems the feds have fallen short—leaving citizens vulnerable to the next food-borne illness outbreak, in whatever form it comes.If you have been sickened by contaminated food, contact our personal injury attorneys at Hodes Milman toll-free at (949) 640-8222 or submit the contact form via our website, www.hodesmilman.com. We’ve achieved million-dollar verdicts in product liability actions on behalf of our clients.