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Foodborne Illness Victims Mark President Obama's First 100 Days By Calling For Permanent Fix To Food Safety System
Date:4/29/2009

Victims & Their Families Convene in Washington D.C. to Share Personal Stories & Ask Congress to Pass Legislation that Will Protect the Public

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 20 victims of foodborne illness, including surviving family members of those killed by contaminated food, gathered today at the U.S. Capitol to share their stories, meet with legislators and voice support for legislation to reform our nation's food safety system. Representing the 76 million Americans who are needlessly sickened each year from contaminated food -- and the thousands who die each year from foodborne illness -- these victims and their families urged Congress and the Obama administration - who made a commitment to improve food safety in the U.S. within his first 100 days in office - to pass food safety legislation that will improve consumer protection.

"The stories of these victims illustrate why Congress must act now to fix our ailing food safety system," said Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. "We simply cannot afford to wait. Seeing a strong food safety bill enacted will be one of my highest priorities this Congress."

"These victims, their families and their stories must serve as the final wake-up call. We must act now to make it happen, transform the FDA, and begin a new movement that puts public health first. At last, we can bring our current food safety system out of the past," said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations. "That is why I have introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act to separate food safety regulation from drug and device approvals and to restore the balance that has long been missing at Health and Human Service."

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